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

2,618 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears to have been bottled on the 187th day of 2010... around July 2010, I suppose?

Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Head is very very active- carbonation is super fizzy, like a soda. Dissipates almost as quickly too, leaving almost nothing, jut a small ring of film.

Smell contains a lot of cherry, smells a bit like a port. Some alcohol and a bit of a bubble gum scent.

Taste is quite sweet. Has a syrupy flavour to it which becomes more pronounced as the beer sits in the mouth. Caramel is noticeable. The cherry and fruit of the nose is present as well, but not quite as up front as in the smell. Alcohol is clearly present.

Body of the beer is not as super carbonated as the head would have suggested. Certainly noticeable, but not irritating. Full body, a bit syrupy, but a little lighter than I may have expected from such a strong beer. Heat from the alcohol has some effect.

Good beer, but not the gem that I may have hoped for given the reviews. The wheat qualities are noticeable, but pretty subdued. I certainly like it, but can't seem myself drinking it that often, as it is not good enough to justify the investment that 500ml of 12% brew requires!

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

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with active carbonation.
Smell: Aroma presents with highly pronounced notes of dark fruits, such as raisin, currant, black licorice, and a hint of chocolate. A little boozy in the nose.
Taste: Sweet and tingly upon first taste. Leans big-time on the malty side with mild chocolate,but bigger doses of raisin, dark cherry, and vanilla. Slightly cloying and again a bit boozy with a big alcohol warmth at the end.
Mouthfeel: Big, syrupy, and smooth.

Overall: Aventinus on steroids! Big-time sipper here, pretty darn complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque deeo dark brown with a creme colored frothy, long lasting, gently lacing head.

S - Sweet but a touch of heat coming through in the nose. Otherwise, mostly plum or dark cherries.

T - Similar to the nose, but the taste also contains (in addition to the plum/drk cherry fandango) some great spice notes. I'd say perhaps a smidgen of coriander and/or orange zest, a little anise and some of that circus peanut flavor that I find every now and then. Alcohol taste is not well hidden in the back end. It's like a nail polish remover taste that sorta explains the circus peanut thing.

M - Well carbonated, fairly dry and thin, yet sticky?

O - Great fragrance and immediate taste that seems wel balanced at first until the very end of the drink. For the most part it was great. Just a bit put off on the finish.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purple/brown with a huge creamy head that fades fast and leaves thin rings of lace. Leaves legs like a wine.

The aroma is of honey, wine grapes, figs, cherries and port. Hints of banana, bubblegum and caramel.

The taste follows with rich honey, port, figs, raisins, cherries and banana. Hints of vanilla, bubblegum. Mead-like with big toffee notes and a touch of cloves. Warm but not boozy. Very balanced and too easy to drink.

Thick and syrupy.

Great balance and complexity. Too easy to drink for such a high ABV. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a goblet

Pours a ruddy muddy purplish brown. It's sort of like a glass of port that's had river water poured into it. Basically no head on this pour, but that's the bartender's fault so I won't deduct points for it (not that a 12% ABV beer would have much head anyway). Most eisbocks look like shit, so I'm cutting it some slack.

Lots of big, brash dessert wine aromas: wild cherries, ripe figs, port. There's a bit of a cherry-vanilla flavored Gerber baby food component. It isn't as complex as the bottled version. The spices of the bottled version are missing, so the fruit character of the beer takes over. The wheat becomes more assertive as the beer warms up.

It doesn't taste quite as good as the bottled version either, but this is still an upper-echelon eisbock. The taste follows the nose to a large degree. Lots of dark, wild cherry, lots of port-like flavor (only without any notes of oxidation). The wheat is creamy & vanilla-y. The alcohol? It's difficult to notice it. Truly. This beer should be very hot but instead the alcohol is remarkable well-hidden.

This beer isn't as viscous as the bottled version (sorry that I keep making these comparisons; but really, it isn't like I've had ANOTHER weizen-eisbock to compare this beer to). The lighter body works pretty well with the lack of alcohol burn, but I still want some additional viscosity.

Overall this is a fine, fine eisbock. It's less complex than the ultra-good (for the style) bottled rendition of Aventinus-Eisbock. It is super-smooth and super-drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most active beer I've ever seen. As soon as I popped the top beer started gurshing out. I put my mouth over the bottle to keep the beer from spilling but the beer kept gushing. I thought man I'm gonna get drunk this way. Pepsi colored with a very quick massive head and just as suddenly no head. Wonderful aroma of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, grapes. Hints of chocolate. Very thick and syrupy in the mouth but in the best of ways. Just kind of coats the mouth. Wonderful tasting and the alcohol really sneaks up on you. This is probably the most malt heavy beer I've had and this hop head loves it. Roasted grains, lot's of dark fruit flavors. Hints of chocolate and bananna. Just enough sweetness to keep it balanced and a pepper spice finish. I love this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 11.2 ounce bottle # 2010 017026. Pours a deep mahogony topped with a one and a half finger light tan head that disappated quickly, leaving only a trace of lacing.

S- Sweet fruit, berries, malt, and clove.

T- More or less follows the nose, perhaps adding a touch of caramel. Definite clove taste on finish.

M- Somewhat full and quite creamy. Has a unique thickness feel on the tongue. Slightly warm finish on the swallow.

O- Absolutely delicious. Quite potent. Definitely a "keeper". Will purchase again and again.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to 14 oz. glass.

Dark burgundy color, closer to purple, quickly dissolving head.

Smells a lot like a Belgian Strong Ale.

Taste is otherwordly. I don't even know how to describe it, but it is nothing like the smell implies. I definitely taste some fruitiness, though. There is a medium carbonation present and it goes down pretty easy. The alcohol is there, but for a 12% beer, it's surprisingly drinkable. You can take a pretty hardy sip and let it sit there for a while and let all the crazy flavors move about. And they will linger, but not in a bad way by any means. Quite an experience!

This is certainly not an anytime beer, or one to have frequently, but everyone ought to try it. The eisbock style started because of a mistake - a wonderful mistake indeed.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz into a snifter, bottled in 2009.

A prune or raisin color purpleish brown with a bit of foam on the pour, but that quickly disappears. A very small ring of foam around the edges of the beverage. A bit of legging when the beer is swirled or drank down. A decent amount of bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the glass too, which is a tad surprising given the style.

Rich with candied fruit on the nose. Prunes, raisins, figs, blackberries and grapes mesh into a jammy like sweetness. Almost port-like in it's quality. Boozey as well. The heatness similar to a fruity liqueur and is pretty apparent behind the fruity sweetness.

Opens with that same candy fruit sweetness. Again, prunes and other dark fruits being the focus of the flavor. Kind of like a blackberry pie. A sharp wheat flavor grabs the inside of your cheeks after the initial sweetness. The sweetness crowds the palate but is interrupted by a hint of booze at the end of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is full with decent carbonation. Sticky with a bit of warmth as well.

Very sweet with tons of fruity flavor, but it doesn't really deviate from that much. A nice beer, but certainly not the best German style ice distilled beer I've had. Although, it would be interesting to see what 5 or 10 years could do to this beer.

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Photo of jdense
2.42/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer #15 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Light gold a bit hazy body, white head, multiple streams of carbonation, quick dissipation and a thin ring of foam around edge of glass. There's something wrong here, wet cardboard, obviously oxided, overpowered any aroma and flavor nuances. While I'm not sure we would have enjoyed this re the wheat after being pounded by brown sugar, prunes, raisins etc, we all noticed this was one frigging boozy monster. The low light of the tasting. Another of my big deviation beers, the booziness reminded me of Founder's Devil Dancer, and while their are proponents of both of these beers, I'm not one of them. Pass.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky purple/brown/orange color, very impressive looking. A one finger head on top that had great retention and some nice lacing on the sides.

S: Very sweet and extremely malt driven. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a lot of dark fruit, chiefly raisins and prunes, but also a bit of fig and some underlying vanilla. There is a bit of bubble gum as well.

T: Similarly malt driven. Thick caramel and some bready malt are apparent immediately. Rich dark fruit flavors include raisins, plums, and some prune, which impart a sweetness as well. There is also a bit of brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and surprisingly creamy. Thick, but certainly not too thick. The 12% is hidden extremely well.

O: A fantastic beer, much better than other eisbocks I have had.

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

Very deep mahagony color, with hardly a head.

Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, dates, banana and some yeasty esters.

More like plantain in the mouth semi sweet chocolate covered caramel in the middle with an abrupt almost dry finish. Non-oxidized sherry and port like notes. Dried fruits like fig and dates and a nutty component. Very nice rich and creamy.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a wooden cask at Chappy's. What a treat! Dark chestnut color with no head at all.

Yeasty, with some nice banana, and caramel notes. Some alcohol in the nose as well, but nothing overwhelming. Slight spicy component lingering around as well. Aroma really comes alive after it warms.

Rich, darker malt feel up front, without being very sweet. Some banana and yeasty notes. A good boozy feel, without being overly hot. No character from the wood, which seems odd. Again, this really comes alive when warmed up a bit, and throws some sherry-like notes. Very nice.

Warming, lighter body, low carbonation. Complex. Very nice to have this, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours a dark brown color with a fluffy light-brown head.
Smell: Strong alcohol, caramel malts, banana, clove, sweet dark fruits and peppery hops.
Taste: Roasted malts, clove, banana, wheat, dark fruits, citrus and spicy hops. The sharp alcohol is really strong.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Unbalanced brew. The alcohol is very disturbing

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter.

Appearance-That dark purple, dark brownish body that I love. 3 finger foamy light brown head. Great retention. Very appealing.

Smell-Darkfruits and spice. Raison, Fig, Cherry. Sweet ripe banana. Booze is there as expected at 12%. Smells nice, just a little subtle.

Taste-Very boozy. Lots of spice and dark fruits. Definitely clove and black pepper. Finish is sweet and I get some light citrus, orange. Some caramel and toffee as well. Alot going on in here, and I am enjoying it.

Mouthfeel-Medium to Full Bodied with tons of carbonation. Very creamy. Carbonation just a slight rough, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall-My first "Eisbock". Definitely reminds me of the Weizenbock, just a bit boozier. The flavors were nice, would like a little less booze and carbonation. I prefer the Weizenbock, but I'd liek to believe this would be an A/A+ beer with age.

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Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared with pmsawyer. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown in color with some orange clarity around the edges. A creamy tan cap appears and fades to a ring around the outside of the glass that stays throughout the duration. A webby pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is apple and pear skins. Lightly spicy with some typical weizen-like notes of clove and yeast. This is quite a fruity smelling brew with alcohol esters being fairly pronounced. As the brew warms up, there are faint notes of cinnamon, molasses and dark sugary scents that collectively seem like a strange sort of alcoholic apple pie.

The taste is spicy with clove and fruity alcohol esters. Pear and apple skins come to mind mostly with a kick of spiced alcohol. For a beer that smells quite deep and intense with character, the flavor falls a bit short and is not nearly as complex. As the brew warms up, some chocolate grain notes become evident.

This is a full bodied brew that is lightly carbonated. For 12% abv, the alcohol is well included and is matched with an array of flavors to make it quite enjoyable. I have not had a lot of experience with the eisbock style, but this was enough to spark my interest into having more.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the cask as a dark muddy brown color. The head on the beer was nowhere in sight, no lacing here either. The smell of the beer is a lot like the Aventinus with just a bit more booze. The taste is pretty similar too for the most part. The mouthfeel is the difference here, it's a bit on the flatter side from the cask and the aftertaste of the beer gives off a bit of a boozy heat that warms the chest. Overall I like both brews a lot, I may even like this more from a bottle. Both are great beers to try and I would like to have them again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a burnt orange hue, with a small head that dissipates rapidly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma brings bananas, dark fruits, wheat, clove, and alcohol. Quite tasty. Bananas soaked in alcohol and a rum characteristic work well together. Sweetness and alcohol are present throughout, making this bottle optimal for sharing, as I wouldn't want more than half the bottle. The beer is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a very good representation of the style, though I seldom drink beers of this ilk.

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Photo of hopfiend666
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aventinus weizen eisbock is heaven in a bottle. The first taste will blow away your taste buds. I like this beer because the potent taste of alcohol is so pungent it almost tastes like acetone (but in a good way). I have noticed with this brew you must find it as fresh as possible, stay away from bottles over a year old. After one year much of the flavor depreciates.

Appearance: somewhat dark, yet somewhat light mixture

Smell: pungent alcohol medium hopped yet sweet.

Taste: all around well balanced taste, the alcohol taste will blow you away, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: light-medium, not fullbodied

Overall: at $4.99 a bottle this is worth it. I have never tasted a better beer. I give it an overall rating of 666!

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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottle Number: 2010 018169

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost a shade of dark purple, with one fingers width of light khaki colored head, which dissipates very quickly, leaving pretty much nothing except an outer ring of slight residuals. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. No appreciable lacing.

S: Dark fruits all over the nose, plum stands out, as well as a nice spicy aroma with lots of clove and a slight peppery scent. There is also a bready yeast aroma and a significant alcohol presence. Very nice.

T: Wow, talk about flavor. The first sip is just packed with sweet malts. Flavors of plum, banana, and caramel malts are present. There is also a ton of spice, that give it almost a burning character. Lots of clove. It manages to maintain a great balance between the sweetness up front, and the spice character, the latter being more prevalent towards the end of the drink. The alcohol makes itself known, but in a balancing way not a dominating one. Damn good.

M/D: This drink warms the body. It has a syrupy mouth feel and a sweetness that leaves you licking your lips. Medium bodied, and not as heavy as it looks in the glass, with lots of carbonation. Although the alcohol can be tasted in the drink, it is subtle, and thus this beer does a great job of masking the smack-you-in-the-face 12%ABV. Surprisingly easy to drink.

O: Overall this is an excellent beer. Probably my favorite wheat beer to date. Such strong, yet well balanced flavors, and still very easy to drink. I certainly will be trying this one again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number: 2010 020692. Guessing this around a year old.

Pours hazy dark reddish brown, beige head is huge at first but eventually becomes a thin ring and not much else.

Nose delivers dark fruit, clove, sweet and stale caramel malt, a bit of bubblegum, alcohol. Intimidating, but good.

Taste is bigger on the spice, huge clove especially. Malts are surprisingly sweet and of the caramel/toffee variety. Still some dark fruit there (feels like raisin mostly). Wheat and some banana bread on the finish. Booze packs a bit of a punch but less than expected from the scent.

Big, oily mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, feels like a liquor almost. 12% makes itself known.

Certainly not a beer I can imagine anyone drinking often. From the first sniff I knew this would be a huge beer and I was right. Good flavor but the big ABV hurts it, regular Aventinus would be my choice out of two, fo sho.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - tall very thin bottle with a gawdy purple label, pours a deep brown giving a very light colored head that recedes to a thick ring, you can see the activity of the carbonation when held to the light that holds that ring sturdy like a ___

A - a first for me to experience a bubblelicious aroma on a dark beer, could be my inexperince with the eisbock style. sweet syrupy presence, malty, subtle alcohol. honey, toffee sweetness.

T - malt bomb, touches of honey, clove spice and dark syrup, very hot, dark cherry robitussin, more malt of cooked caramel, no bitterness, dark rum. very different comment here, but it reminds me of straight flavored smokeless tobacco ie skoal straight. (for those that are experienced with this)

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation, not the most smooth but tries to be.

O - holy shit i had no idea about the alcohol or its presence, although you want to say its overly hot i feel it actually provides part of a balance that the hops can't and don't.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Three year old bottle I've been cellaring. Labeled: 2008 / 02777.

Served in a snifter at 50 degrees. Presents with one finger width of very light tan head on top of a dark garnet colored body. The head retains well and is composed of small soda like fizzy bubbles. Lacing is surprisingly good despite that type of bubble composing the head.

What a complex nose. Cherry, raspberry, alcoholic spice, and prunes are at the forefront. Underneath that sting is a gorgeous fig newton quality that melds in with some dark bread and finally some clove. There's also a bit of porter-like malt base that takes hold somewhere in between all the dark fruits. Fantastic! I really don't think this has oxidized at all.

It's also tasting incredibly interesting. The interplay between everything is in balance and comes in phases. First thing I taste is prunes/dates/figs. A hit of banana comes through before giving way to a wheaty dark bread quality that is lovely. Finishes with some spicy cherries and some raisin mixing with a dose of clove. I don't taste the alcohol in raw form AT ALL. Again, no oxidation present at three years, I feel lucky.

The feel is rather nice. It's about a medium feel. I expected it to be a little heavier in the mouth perhaps at its strength but that's not the case. The carbonation is quite lively, and the aging does not appear to have affected this at all. Feels a bit slick and oily.

Overall this was quite an overwhelming experience for me. I didn't even really look into whether this beer would age well or not, but WOW, it does! I haven't had this beer fresh in a very long time but I remember it being fairly hot and all of that has passed for sure. This is what Sam Adams Triple Bock wishes it was. I think I'll pick up a few more of these to age and advise you all to do the same :)

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Photo of Rifugium
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Had this on tap, and I found it pretty amazing. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a finger of foamy white head. Caramel and sweet fruits in the nose. Toasty malts in the taste, caramel, and a wallop of candy and dark fruits--raisins, cherries, bananas, figs. The fruit balanced out the inevitable spiced rum alcohol bite of this semi-distilled 12%ABV eisbock. Medium-bodied and chewy, very nice and drinkable. Definitely to be savored slowly.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a few of these a while ago. I'd put them in my fridge but for some strange reason I couldn't bring myself to opening this one. Weird but true.

Poured into a snifter.

A rather agressive pour produced just one finger of foam that left quickly. Minimal amouts of lacing so I was left with something that looked like coca cola without all the bubbles.

Loads of smells on this would keep you from thinking it actually is coca cola. There is a soap like scent mixed with booze. Lots and lots of sweetness.

Flavors are intense but I just can't get passed the soapy chemical qualities in this beer. There is also dark fruits, banana and all that. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Medium to full body. Lots of flavors that linger around.

I guess it's good. The soapy thing is just something I have a hard time with. I have one more left but think I will just pass it on.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,618 ratings.
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