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

2,622 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 keithmurray
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2OZ bottle into a chalice

Beer pours a dark copper color, some beige head that didn't linger for very long, bits of sediment float around in this one as well.

Smell is a pleasure, smells like red wine, raisins, plums, grapes and jamaican rum

taste - somewhat mimics the smell, rich dark fruits such as plums and raisins dominate as well as brown sugar

Mouthfeel is excellent, nicely carbonated beverage, thick and hearty, I just want to sip and enjoy this one

Drinkability - at 12%, not going to throw back 5 or six of these (plus too expensive for that anyways), but this one that i'm sitting back and enjoying is truly a pleasure, you wouldn't know that this beer checks in at 12%ABV

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Photo of dqrull
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, hazy brown with a much more prominent head than was expeted considering its ABV. The head looks really creamy, slightly beige and lasts for a few minuts before diminishing to a firm lid om the liquid.

Smells huuuge of bananas! Banana-candy and sweet rather heavy alcohol-aroma to it, reminds me of a banana-liqour I once tried. Although the bananas are very much in your face, there are lots of spicy and herbal notes, I get thyme and coriander the most, but also a hint of rosemary and a little cinnamon, really a unique nose!

Very heavy flavours here. An initial banana-sweetness coupled with some other fruits, a light hint of dried figs and green apples, a very broad fruitiness. All the while there are all these herbal notes treading along (cloves, thyme, rosemary and some white freshly ground black pepper) which makes for a very special drinking experience. It's not hard to relate to a normal weissbier, but here al the flavours are so much more pronoounced, and some minor hints that are really hard to find in normal-strength weissbiers are easier to get here, and they are enjoyable for sure. The beer finishes of with a sweet banana, a really clean banana flavour to be honest, really nice. The beer is really sweet throughout the whole tasting, and the alcohol is a little too much at times, not really balanced out, might be the eisbock-techniques doing, never tried one before.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, really syrupy and cloying, I usually dont have a problem with that if the beers massiveness can balance it out, but I dont get that here.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small tight bubbled tan head leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Rich and deep. Cooked dark fruits, BOOZY as all get out, rich malt. A little banana and cotton candy there too.

T - Tropical fruits, rum all over a deep layer of sweet malt, followed by a nice bitter end.

M - Creamy, well carbed, near perfect balance. Thick and heavy body.

D - Are you kidding? Palate and liver killer. One is nice, though.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Light to dark brown body with little to no head. Huge lacing

S- Alcohol, Grape, Lots of dark ester, sugar sweetness

T- This taste a lot like a ruby port with lots of grape, low carbonation, and it does have some complexity as the beer warms and the palate adjusts.

F- Drinks with a nice alcholol sting

D- (non-session) I would enjoy having this beer anytime. It is balanced and eisbocks are what helped get me into the game of craft beer. Mmm such nice grape flavors and complexities. Seek out if you have not tried it.

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

pours a dark, ruby red/brown with a quickly dissipating tan head that flows like a waterfall in my bud's pilsner. the smell is sweet prunes and lots of ruby port. liquorice, alcohol, and lots of plums overwhelm the nose with a sugary sweetness with faint backrounds with soft english malt. the taste starts with a coating grape tartness that engulfs the mouth in a syrup like manner. high alcohol warmth, banana, dark rum, and caramel spices. probably an after dinner sipper in my opinion because of the high ABV, heavy mouthfeel, and sugary maltiness, but still a great treat. thanks tippebrewcrew2.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is long-necked 33 cl brown. The purple label got som silver writings. Looks neet and clean.

A: Murky brown with hits of red. Head is thick and creamy off-white and really large. It stays for a long time and leaves some lacings after dissipation.

S: Rich sweet malt with lots of dark dried fruits; cherries and plums. The wheat gives it a banana-smell. A bit flowery.

T: Sweet malt in great harmony with wheat. Dark dried fruits as well as banana. Very well balanced.

M: Full body and mild carbonation. A warm feeling from the alcohol (obviously). Aftertaste is long and sweet, well balanced.

D: This is a really great beer. I put some bottles in my cellar - I think it will be even better in a couple of years.

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Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda dirty rusty brown color with a pretty thin off white head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, plums, and banana...sweet and boozy. Taste is much the same except that I get some clove in the taste that was missing in the aroma. No hop presence can be detected. Lots of sweet doughy, sugary malts. This is just too sweet for me. Nice thickness and the feel is quite smooth going down. It's just sweet to the point of overkill.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a slightly thick murky caramel color. Reminds me of the color of muddy pond. One finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of bananas and cloves here. A slight Belgian yeast smell. Reminds me most of a hefe style smell. Dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Also some sweet spice here.

T: Sweet dark fruits dominate the taste. Some of the spice and cloves come through as well. Warming taste, with the alcohol noticeable as you swallow.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. The cloves and yeast lingers on the palette.

D: Very hot beer. I would like to taste this one with a few years on it. Fresh though, one is plenty for me.

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

11.2 oz bottle from Beer Run. $4.99.

Appearance: A nice dark brown that becomes bright red when held to the light. Mostly clear. A light brown head that disappears quickly leaving a little rim and some spots on the surface. When you take a sip, a curtain of lace forms, but the thick legs pull it back into the beer.

Smell: Clove, a little banana, dark fruit. Bready. No detectable ethanol, but a little whiff of solventy fusels. A little earthy, musty sourness is noted too.

Taste: Thick with sweet maltiness. Lots of clove here. Fruity again with dark fruit, but less banana. Ethanol is tasted some, as are some fusels, but not too much. No hops flavor or bitterness, but alcohol does give a little bite. Finish is long, sweet, bready, and fruity. My stomach is hot with booze.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky. A lot of carbonation. Makes me say, wow thats a lot of carbonation. Not too much though.

Drinkability: Really interesting. Pretty complex flavors and smell. Hot though-- the boozy, solventy aspects get to be a little much. A good one to share--12%. I'm going to cellar one.

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Photo of breakchair
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Nice head on this one with strong aroma of raisins and alcohol. Mouthfeel is really great--it's thick like a cough syrup, in a good way. Great winey aftertaste, too. Doesn't have the spice and clove flavors of Schneider Aventinus, but it tastes like a condensed version of that beer. Thick and glorious.

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Photo of rarbring
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown brew with a persistent beige head leaving some lacing and a curtain.

The smell is ripe with sweet dried fruits, cheese, sour creme, sherry, port and dusty old wet hay. Yummy complexity!

The taste is equally complex as the smell, sweet malty beginning. A dry course feeling of ripe cheese. Licorice, burning spices, bitter cherry seeds and yeast.

Rather well carbonated, an oily and spirited feeling with a dry aftertaste.

This beer contains so much that it needs to be savored by it's own.

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Photo of Long813
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 09.180 1 2920
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark cloudy redish/brown body. Huge initial light mocha head, but it's so carbonated (much like soda) I hear the bubbles pop and the head dissipates into a ring around the glass within minutes. Good lacing is left behind though.

S: Sweet dark fruits, yeast and notably plums. Very pleasant smell, nothing overpowering and not alcohol notes.

T: Much like the aromas, but plumbs and yeast are the most dominant here. That dark plum sweetness and yeast funk make this great. Sweet malts are also evident.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with high carbonation. Makes for a very foamy texture and leaves a sweet fruitiness after each drink. It so carbonated it reminds me of a soda. Not that it's a bad thing though.

D: This is fantastic. The mixture of flavours are well balanced. I could drink this plenty of times. Tastes like the non eis version but with more pronounced flavours and hotter.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the proper Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hue. Thick light tan head.

S: Alcohol, spices, clove.

T: Rich malty flavor. Clove and banana. Dark fruits, rum, very spicy finish.

M: Full bodied, not as syrupy as I expected.

D: A very interesting brew. Very concentrated and bold flavors.

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Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Leffe goblet, got a very thick and bubbling light tan head, which seemed to bubble away as if it were in a cauldron. Retention was good and I was left with a thick sticky lacing. The body itself was a very dark and murky burgandy with some very thick sediment lurking down the bottom.

The scent was very sweet malt, like ripe and dried dark fruits mixed together. There was also a definite phenolic character, more on the clove side of things along with just a plain wheat grain goodness.

Taste was dominated at first by sweetness, like dried plums and raisins. Other malt flavours followed though, toffee, caramel, rum etc. A tannin tartness at the back balanced things out along with clove spiciness and a wheat graininess. There is a very faint hops bitterness but it only makes a cameo. As it starts to warm down a smooth wild honey flavour becomes noticeable.

Very fullbodied drink, thick and syrupy. Decent carbonation which was noticeable when I thought about it, but it blended in with the spicness otherwise. Definite alcohol warming, but no alcohol burn.

For a strong and potent beer this was very drinkable. A very enjoyable sipping beer overall, I'm looking forward to exploring the style of Eisbock after this one. My only complaint was that it was a little too sweet for me, almost cloying to my palate. I thought it exhibited some very complex flavours but after a while the sweetness was just overloading my buds.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (2009 10410) poured into a Hefeweizen glass. Could not get all the sediment in.

Appearance: Just like Aventinus - hazy rich red-brown color. Persistent foam across the top about 1/8" thick. Plenty of carbonation bubbling up through the glass.

Smell: Cloves, Vanilla - but sweeter. Some faint alcohol notes at the end of the inhale.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet but balanced with the spiciness of the cloves. Rich in spicy flavors but a sweetness dominates - syrupy but not cloying. Towards the end of the swallow the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue - but that spiciness is there again...makes me wonder if the tingling is the beer or the carbonation. Thick, but goes down smooth, and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Best with a meal - the alcohol gets noticeable after awhile, but it doesn't hurt this sipping beer. I think it like the original better, but this was an enjoyable brew. I do wonder how this beer would have been if I had gotten more of the sediment in, but if the whole purpose of this beer is the fact that it's frozen off the original, then maybe having the sediment out is best.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a dark brown color with a fizzy one finger tan head. The head settled out pretty fast and formed a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Didn't leave much lacing as I drank it.

The smell is malty and sweet with a lot of dark fruit aromas. There are notes of sweet raisins, plums and cloves with a little banana as well. The taste has a lot of the same flavors present in the nose with dark fruit, an almost candy sweetness, cloves and banana. It also has a little alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious but the alcohol is noticeable making it a little less drinkable. Overall a very good tasting and smelling beer. It could have had a little better head retention and a little less carbonation in my opinion, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep ruby/brown, slightly cloudy with a nice head that hung out for a while, yet left little lacing

Smell: Cloves, and dark fruit - raisins & prunes

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol bite, cloves, and other spices. Finish: Banana, raisin, clove, caramel, sweet malt - very complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and smooth. This is 12% abv??? I never would have guessed. Having said that, the carbonation is also higher than expected, but still on point

Drinkability: I am savoring every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This beer is essentially a concentrated version of Aventinus Weizenbock. The flavor is intense and the incredible finish just keep going and transforming. Seriously, I did not think it could get any better than their Weizenbock, but I stand corrected. Hey, sometimes it feels good to be wrong ;)

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Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, 2007 vintage.

Purchased in 2007, left to mellow at room temperature for 3 years.

Pours a very deep brown color, completely opaque, with a strong medium sized brown head. (I'll probably use the word strong quite a few more times during this review.) A very tight nose at first of concentrated malt sweetness slowly opens up to reveal strong notes of rich raison/prune fruits, alcohol and some clovey spice. Not even the slightest 'off' aromatic or flavor component from the age, not even much in the way of oxidation actually. Flavors of nutty dark bread, raison, plum, banana, cinnamon sugar and tobacco, pretty high complexity here. You are reminded instantly of the high ABV, very warming and well, strong. Excellent stuff however, extremely well made and pretty drinkable for its size. Worth trying, especially with some age on it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage that I picked up at Julio's a couple of years back. Bottle # 01458.

The pour is a deep crimson with great clarity. A big light brown head is formed before receding to a ring rather quick, leaving no lace in my snifter. I love the color.

The nose is pretty awesome. Age seems to have toned down the big aromas from the base beer with the banana and clove character giving way to a mellow oxidation with some raisins. Quite malty with a solid caramel and plum-like fruitiness, alcohol is also noticeable.

The palate opens fruity oxidation with raisins and plums followed by the flavors of the base beer, some clove followed by a mild banana. Not as complex as the nose would suggest, I'm not picking up as much of the malt complexity. The alcohol might have something to do with it as it appears mid-palate and lingers on into the finish with a noticeable heat and warming character. The noticeable alcohol also has the effect of thinning out the beer a little, making the rather big body seem smaller than it is. Carbonation is on the moderate side. With a mild sweetness and an alcoholic bite on the finish, this is decent. Drinkability? Well, I'm going to be taking my time with this.

I am really kicking myself for having missed this on cask when it showed up in the area.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle # 12888

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $5.49/bomber

Appearance: Pours a cloudy redish/brown color with yeast particles in suspension. Moderate head which fades quickly to a thin covering that lasts through out the experience.

Smell: Heavy nose of malt and banana. A nice aroma.

Taste: Intense. Sweet malt and banana come in front and center followed by a spicey alcohol aftertaste. There's more going on here than I can make out. Complex, definately.

Mouthfeel: Much creamier than I remembered in the past which was a pleasent surprise. Smooth for the 12.0 ABV.

Drinkability: Ends dry with a slight tart finish. With it's high octane it demands respect. A beer to sip and appreciate.

Personally I enjoy this version over the standard version due to the concentrated taste. Of all the qualities this is what stands out the most for me. Prost!

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another exciting find from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, Pa. After a few new world brews, it was time to go old world with a nice, classic Euro brew.

A: Hazy, with a deep reddish, caramel color with a decent head that didn't stick around for a bit and left good lacing.

S: Lovely nose with caramel, dark fruits, clove, yeast, a touch of banana, and a bit of funk/straw blending for a pleasant, wild aroma.

T: Nice dark malt flavors open things up with supporting flavors of caramel, clove, and a touch of banana. Flavors were a bit rich, but still very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: My first Eisbock and a very nice, classic German brew, exactly what I wanted. This style is definitely a close cousin of the Weizenbock, but it's a little less robust due to it being a Lager. A good spicey brew for a nice autumn/ winter day, a classic which deserves a reco.

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Photo of oceanman
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has aged a year and half.

Pours a nice mellow brown with just a trace of bubbles and foam around the rim.

On the nose, first thought is cream soda. Lots of malty sweetness, vanilla, and then virtually the entire spectrum of fruit aromas (pineapple to plum to black currant).

This beer is essentially concentrated Aventinus, and that describes the taste well. A definite suggestion of sweetness, but not cloying, even at 12% abv. A certain yeasty, earthy dimension, and a minimal hop presence.

Feels great as its soft complexity slowly builds to a definite alcoholic warmth. Hints of carbonation provide some life.

Ages as well as any barleywine and provides an excellent alternative for slow sipping.

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Photo of eat
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Medium dark-brown colour with a good covering of cream coloured head. Great retention, especially for being 12%, maintaining a good covering until it's all gone. Some lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Nice strong smell: lots of yeast, astringency, smoky malt, spices, blue cheese, alcohol, faint floral hops, maple syrup. Great complex smell. I really smell lots of blue cheese...anyone else get this? I can't decide whether I'm into the smell, it's definitely interesting.

Very complex taste. It obviously a lot like regular Aventinus but almost comes off as a concentrate (which I guess, technically, it is). Tons of spice, lots of dark malt, bread, light many random little flavours that I could never pick them all out. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. At 12%, this is unimaginably smooth. I've had 7% beers showing more alcohol. The 12% only shows in a warming feeling.

The body is just off from perfect. Thick and chewy full body with moderate carbonation.

This is a strong beer in every sense: smell, taste and ABV. So intense and delicious. I've tried this back-to-back with regular Aventinus and remember preferring the original, though this is still an awesome brew. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle (2006) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Even a vigorous, straight pour fails to elicit the formation of any kind of head. The small amount of off-white foam that does show up quickly recedes into a miniscule ring. The body is nearly black, but proves to be clear and glows a deep ruddy brown when held to direct light. As much as I'd like to see more carbonation, I wouldn't really expect anything else from a beer this old and this strong.

S: Potent, super-sweet aroma of caramelized fruit (plums, raisins, and grapes). This sweetness gives way to a deep, vinous, woodiness that ends up with strong alcohol. Robust, complex, and unlike anything I've encountered before.

T: Simply delicious array of intensely sweet malt flavors. The candied fruits from the nose come first, followed by rich toffee, smooth caramel, and a refined alcoholic fruitiness on the long finish; after that, an appealing nutty aftertaste remains. I keep waiting for it to get cloying, but it just won't. Amazing.

M: Full, sticky, syrupy consistency with no mentionable carbonation. Like the appearance, it doesn't surprise me, but it definitely doesn't impress me.

D: For an already-strong beer that's been concentrated to ridiculous strength, this is surprisingly easy to drink. I haven't had any other eisbocks to compare it to, but I think it's got to be an excellent example of the style.

Notes: I was excited when I saw a few old bottles of this on the bottom, bargain shelf at a local bottle shop. I only got one to start with, but I'll probably be going back to clean them out - this is an awesome beer.


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Photo of joshstevens87
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark copper with a huge slight off white head
S-huge sweet fruit (banana and apples)and clove with a nice yeast kick with a nice amount of alcohol
T-a huge sweet fruit a little clove and a big spicyness compared to its little brother, definately theres alot more alcohol in the background but overall this is world class definately a step above the normal aventinus but not quite as drinkable but a much bigger punch in the face flavorwise
M-very thick creamy body with a perfect amount of carbonation to compilment its spicyness this is the desert of beer
D-a very huge tasting beer, but this beer is orgasmically delicious very drinkable minus the abv which is the only deterent i personally wouldn't mind taking the risk if i was able to buy cases of it at a time i highly recommend you try it

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,622 ratings.
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