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

2,623 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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Photo of ChadQuest
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks sorta dark cherry dark brown black with low head, a half cap is staying, but hey this is 12% the head has alot to fight against.
The aroma is pretty sweet, as is nice and sugar dipped fruits. Black Currants, Black Cherrys, Wheat and faint bananas, pretty deep all around, no alcohol showing at all so far.
The flavors are all sorts of dark fruits, and errs on the sweet side once again, but stops a bit short of cloying. Still cannot believe this is 12%, it is no where.

A really good bottle, i will plan on getting a few to drink and some to age, and see what happens, i don't need any heat to mellow, but just want to see what will happen and these are cheap, should be fun.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack night at TJs. Who knew they would have had an outstanding tap list FW brew notwithstanding?

The body of the beer is clear with almost no haze, though the deep color prevents it from being transparent. Reddish brown around the edges, while being deep brown and nearly opaque in the middle. No lace. No surprise.

The aroma is of wheaty and bready yeast character, toffee, nutty sweetness, a touch of banana and clove character, and a rounding out of warm alcohol. The taste is more or less similar, though the toffee notes are more pronounced, and they are accompanied by some remarkable plum and fig flavors that really stand out. The finish rounds out with a prickly warmth from the alcohol and a touch of sweet caramel.

Prickly but light carbonation in a medium to heavy body, this beer is a phenomenal offering from Schneider. The fruity depth rivals that of the most well done Russian Imperial Stouts, and the ease of drinking is top notch. At 12%, this is more than a little bit dangerous.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark, black-tea with an off-white head.

S: Booze. Hammy smoke. Wheat. Black pepper, spicy ginger. Hint of banana. It’s more bock than hefe.

T: Strong booze note. Wheat. Touch of banana. Cinnamon, pepper. Big molasses-laden liquorish body. A light woody bitter note hangs around in the background.

M: Med/light body with a strong, warm alcohol character.

O: An interesting brew. The concentrated alcohol drowns out a lot of the softer hefe notes that I felt the standard Aventinus had done a fantastic job of retaining. That said, the alcohol accentuates a variety of new flavors; notably the molasses, liquorish and spice. I’m not sure if it’s worth the trade off though.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up a while back at some liquor store or other, as it sounded good and the price was solid (about 2 bucks, as I recall). Poured a slightly less than clear amber color with a creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, booze, dark fruits, banana and clove. Thick and full bodied, boozy, with spicy wheat, cloves, bananas and booze soaked raisins.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We interrupt this marathon session of House to bring you something equally unproductive: A beer review.

This eisbock pours vaporous and slow, a murky darkened brown with a crown of soft cream for head.

God this smells good. Explosive like the best of Belgian dubbels with a similar character. Sugary figs and dates, banana esters, with a hint of bite to come. Only one way to find out.

A.E. really is like condensed Aventinus. Creamier though, spicier too. Funny how much complexity a bit more ethanol can bring. Ones palate doesn't struggle with this beer though. ABV is almost unbelievably disguised. Like a God who hides in shades of oak or fruit, a bitter sweetness one hopes will never leave the glass. This is a soaking beer, or drowning, some would say. Not for parties.

Producing a drinkable eisbock is hard enough. Producing one so downright beautifully flavored is sheer art. If you're in the mood, this beer will take you where you want to go. Be careful.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, bayou brown. Nearly opaque, with hints of gold when held to the light. Has a melting Styrofoam head; very light, fizzy, fluffy, but dissipates down to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: You can just smell the yeast in this brew...pungent, but not overwhelming, with an almost Belgian-candi-sugar-like quality to the nose. Banana bread with a heavy herbal undertone (anise or something like it). Moderately heavy esters. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very oily going in. The first taste is alcohol, very fumy. Jet fuel? After you accustom yourself to that taste, there is a large cross-section of herbal tastes that fight for superiority. Heavy on the malt, goes down smooth leaving some mild bitterness and a lot of confusion. Not really my cup of tea, but the complexity is worth a good rating.

Overall: It's good. I am not a great friend of "bocks" of any kind, but I can give this one the respect it deserves. At 12% ABV, it is a good sipper.

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Photo of bobhits
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark, cloudy, reddish/brown dirt colored. Well carbonated (amazingly so given the 12%) though not much lacing.

An over powering blast of sweet dark fruits, deep candy malts, and a huge alcohol nose.

There's a darn good beer here behind this strong alcohol kick. I just can't get past it though. This is possibly the hardest to drink beer I've had recently and by far the strongest german beer. This is like a Weizen concentrated with a shot added into it for good measure.

I'd guess this should hold up to some age and that should mellow the alcohol. There is a really good if not great beer hiding under that alcohol.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with some serious ruby highlights and a big off white head that sticks around a long time.

Deep banana scent with some lighter spices of clove and cinnamon and a strong toffee and vanillaesque scent.

Oh my. Oooh my. This beer has some serious flavors going on. Lots o spice (clove cinnamon and nutmeg) and a very sweet yet subdued combo of fruit and toffee.

The mouthfeel is moderate bodied yet very interesting with some prickly carbonation. Also a very sweeet finish and some moderate heat.


This is like the bigger blacker cousin of aventinus. Delicious and hot while strikingly drinkable while being a HIGH ABV beer. This is somethin else.

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Photo of joecast
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer that has intrigued me for quite some time so glad to sit down with a bottle. And it's a fresh one bottled less than five months ago.

Dark reddish brown but lighter than I had expected. Fairly clear with low carbonation. Head stands little chance I suppose when competing with such substantial alcohol. Not exactly an attractive beer, but this is just the beginning.
In it's favor, the sediment packs so tightly that even the last pour is clear.

Unlike your average beer, or just about any beer. Quite heavy on the dark stone fruit. Almost like a heavy alcohol fruit cake. Somehow it keeps the alcohol from becoming hot and dominating the brew which let's the sweetness and fruit combine into forms not seen elsewhere. <-- means the alcohol is taking effect

The taste is fruit cake (alcohol soaked of course) in liquid form. Just so easy to sit back and enjoy like any any good desert beer. Probably exactly what they intended it to be. Funny how removed it is from a standard hops malt and yeast beer, this is just taken to another level completely.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the finish clean. Incredible for a 12% beer. Well, I say beer, but really this has lost much of it's connection with the beer family. And the evolution is something to behold. I expected this to be good, but this is exceptional. Well played German brewers, well played.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown to mahogany. White, four finger head. Decent lacing.

Smells like chocolate bread with berries. Yeasty, thick, bready, and malty. Like a beer milkshake.

Wow the taste is complex. Thick and bready but clean. Chocolate and raspberries. It's almost like a dessert quad. Lots of different flavors come together. Pumpernickel, chocolate, raspberries, blackberries, wheat toast, toffee, caramel. Not overly rich. Smooth and creamy. Just delicious.

Hides its high abv very well. I have to say it again: dessert quad. Easy to drink and leaves me wanting more.

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

Poured this into one of my favorite glasses: my Aventinus glass of course.

It develops a two inch thick head that holds for a good while. The beer is a hazy shade of brown...caramel colored with a lighter shade at the edges.

Some dunkel-like smells...banana esters and cloves...and lots of malts with leather and alcohol notes.

Strong sense of alcohol with brown bread and bananas. Everything that is Aventinus, only stronger. It's as if they took Aventinus and concentrated it by freezing it and then letting some of the water content dissipate when it warmed back up. Oh wait...

Not as drinkable as the standard version due to the alcohol concentration, but it still has the nice body and carries the quailty that Schneider is famous for.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Deep, cloudy copper brown. Fierce two-finger pale tan head with good retention. Endless carbonation streaming up the side of the glass.

S: Muted fruit esters, banana and canteloupe. Alcohol emerges in the finish.

T: Intense banana notes, solid spice, but not overpowering. Cloves and fresh black pepper. Some cardamom and vinous notes. As the beer warms, the sweetness and spice separate a bit, adding some complexity. Very nice.

M: Smooth, full bodied. Leaves a pleasant bit of coating.

D: Surprisingly drinkable despite the strong alcohol. A slow sipper whose finish leaves you ready for the next taste.

Overall, a really fine beer. If you like wheat and intensity both, this beer combines them perfectly.

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Photo of juhl31
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

-dark brown in color with a very deep reddish, almost purple hue to it. soda like light brown head that only sticks around the edges of the glass for the most part

-very fruity sweet on the nose. almost to the point of being tart...kind of like a sweet tart candy. powdery sense to it. there is a bit of malt deep in there too

-it's hard to really say what is going on in the taste. it's just a big mash-up. heavy malty, but not to a degree to where there is any standout flavors. the carb bite just really gets in the way

-quite carby. it is almost like a soda. big bite on the tongue and throat. it is warm, but not as much as i thought it would be

-not a big fan. i drank the whole thing, but it was more like soda to me. oh well. was excited for it, but cant like em all i suppose

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark woody/fruity red with a dense dark tan head that faded into a thick film leaving some lace.
S: Notes of spicy yeast, pepper, cloves and dark fruits. Smells similar to a Belgian dubbel.
T: Follows the nose with Belgian style yeast notes full of spices and sweet dark fruits. I get notes of figs as well, and the finish is herbal, earthy, and slightly bitter. I'm pleasantly surprised there isn't much caramel.
M: Creamy frothy carbonation over a medium body and tingly mouthfeel. Alcohol is slighty noticeable but is actually pretty well masked for being so high. Not overly syrupy or sugary which is good.
D: I was really impressed by this one and surprised at how much I liked it. The strong flavors of spices and hops really made this a great sipper. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle # 2010 023815, I assume that means it was brewed in 2010, not sure..

A: Deep brown with reddish hue, slightly translucent, thin but present head

S: Apple Cider Vinegar, yeast, cherries, sweet tarts.

T: Tart cherries, yeast, sour, fruity, explosive flavors all over the place. A celebration in the mouth!

M: Nice chewy mouthfeel. Feels very nice and thick in your mouth, almost cough syrup like.

D: It's very tasty but to me this is a desert beer. I wouldn't drink more than one of these! In the meantime, its too intense for my girlfriend so I have to finish 12 ounces, , shouldn't be too hard though...

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle (2010) poured into a tall tulip

A: Dark mahogany brown, very hazy, slight dark red hues when held to the light. Slightly hard pour resulted in about a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipated. Left no lacing.

S: Very similar to the normal Aventinus with a bit more emphasis on the banana and clove. Dark fruits upfront, the alcohol is of course pronounced, almost medicinal esters.

T: Pretty much the nose but with more heat/depth. Again, I get more of the banana and clove in this, the dark fruit depth is there as well, but doesn't seem as pronounced as the regular version, the hot alcohol does overpower to a small extent. The alcohol is a bit medicinal and can be pretty strong on the top and then again in the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to full body. This isn't as smooth and luscious as the regular Aventinus, though it's still very good.

D: One bottle would pretty much be the limit on this. I split this between a few friends and even just 5 or so ounces was a good warm up. The alcohol is definitely there, though not overbearing. I definitely prefer the regular version, though this is still a very good Eisbock.

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Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Turbid, unfiltered brown. The head is dense and lasting.

Estery, fruity nose. Jam-like, very sweet. Ripe blackberries, fried bananas and figs, caramel, some breadiness.

Sweet and burning on the palate - unabashed booze and malt. Flavors of stewed dark fruit and banana bread with a slight clove spiciness beneath the malt onslaught. Syrupy body. Lingering caramel and banana flavors in the finish.

Not bad, but I much prefer regular Aventinus.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Globe Glass.

A. Poured a big 3+ finger thick head. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing. color is a cloudy murky amber brown.

S. Smell is wow. All kinds of wheat aromas going on. Dark fruit, Clove, spices, banana. Some alcohol aromas. Pretty amazing smell. Its like a cross between Aventinus and a belgian dark ale. Smells potent.

T. Taste is a bigger version of Aventinus. Banana and clove. Alcohol flavor. Dark fruit lies beneath the wheat flavors. Very good. You would be amazed to find out this beer is 12% if no one told you.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. A bit of lingering sweetness.

D. Extremely drinkable. This beer is pretty much everything that I was expecting. It is a amped up version of an already amazing beer. Has some alcohol aroma and flavor but doesnt drink at all like 12%

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Photo of ksimons
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-a hazy dark brown with red highlights and a nice creamy head that leaves a nice layer on top

S-malty, dark fruits, mild ester smell also

T-Very similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit, malt, spicy cloves, banana sweetness. Alcohol warming hits after a few sips

M-medium carbonation and a very nice medium body

D-really great, the 12% abv is not obvious, will definitely get again

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife got this from her work.

Appearance- dark brown color, nice size head

Smell- dark fruit

Taste- strong flavor of dark fruit, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would have it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that lasts for the whole beer. Sticky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, wheat, and alcohol sharpness. Tastes of overripe dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and alcohol. This beer was very carbonated in my opinion and had a very sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol burn was present with each sip. Drinkability is above average but with the alcohol burn and the almost sickly sweetness I don't think I would get this again.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle into a proper Aventinus glass. This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time.

Deep ruby brown pour with a nice white/tan head, no lacing but good tight bubbles. Dark and sweet nose of plum, cloves, raisins and grain overlain with some alcohol which is just what a deep sip brings forward with really nice chewy carbonation and slick sweetness. Dry tingling finish. And then another sip, and another. It's amazingly drinkable and the 12% is dangerous with these guys.

I have a 2007 in my collection that I'm excited to try in a year or two! This beer just gets better as it warms and with age; I think it's going to be epic.

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Photo of Geuzedad
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from an 11.2 oz. into a wine glass. Bottle dated 2010 batch #023869

Poured a dark brown with a very thin tan head that faded quickly leaving some tan lacing.

Smell was dried fruits with some wheat and bread smells noted and a hint of alcohol.

Got a fruit/bread taste and finished with a bite, mostly alcohol, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and slick, carbonation noted but not overpowering, alcohol left a tingle.

This was my first Eisbock. Drank it on an empty A noteworthy experience but not a beer I would have multiples of. Good for a winter night by the fire to feel the warmth, but a night out on the town and I would be looking at the bottom of the bar stool. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is labeled year 2009, batch 033786. Pours a dark brown body that looks hazy and lets very little light through. Very little head and no lacing. Some carbonation bubbles stick to the side of the glass at first.

The aroma strikes out strong and sweet. Dark fruit, featuring plum and raisin, followed by some grainy wheat aroma that lets you know it is a wheat beer, but without the bubble gum or banana of a hefeweizen. A hint of alcohol.

Flavors follow the aroma but in sweeter proportions. The dark fruit is prominent, with some note of wheat grain faintly in the background. Very wine-like in taste.

This beer must age well, with a possibly two-year old bottle still providing good aromas and flavors. Although it reminds of a wine, the mouthfeel is much thicker with a stronger taste of alchohol than in the aroma. It is not very drinkable to me due to the high abv and sweetness.

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

The bottle I had was about a year old. Apparently this stuff ages wonderfully.

A - The fizzy, foamy, slightly off white head on top of the deep amber body fades fast leaving a thin cap that ends up being nothing a few minutes later. Screaming carbonation up the side of the glass forces me to pour this really slow.

S - Really strong raisins and dates with some booze and yeast. Deep, deep dark fruits, not dark like a quad, but rich and inviting.

T - The same sort of raisin, dates, booze, and yeast components are there but complimented by a slight amount of extra booze that doesn't offend and much stronger fruit making it absolutely delicious. Yeast is still present but definately in a back up role.

M - Lot's of carbonation, full bodied, sweet finish leading into a dryness.

D - Yes sir! This stuff is delicious and I never would have guessed it was 12%. Hot damn. Very warming, yet refreshing.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,623 ratings.
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