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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,198 | Ratings: 2,736
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Date stamped on label is '17.087'.
Brown colored body, with reddish highlights when presented to light. Creamy, off white head settles to interrupted cap. Spots of lacing settle back into glass. Some settled particles at bottom of glass.
Aroma is sweet, boozy, dark fruit.
Taste is rich with candied sugars, alcohol, and dark fruit. Very tasty.
Heavy, and with syrup, mouth feel. Somewhat numbing from the higher alcohol.
This really tastes like a concentrated beer, with much packed into each sip. Allow to warm a bit, which brings out more flavors.

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

This is one of the best beers I've had in awhile. Maybe its just because this is a bock beer and most of what I've had here lately have been ales. Maybe its because I'm in Korea where the domestic beer market leaves a lot to be desired. Really though the beer has an excellent mouth feel. An appreciable amount of carbonation, easily twice what I see with an IPA. This is of course a Lager beer and not an ale beer. I sampled this at the local bottle shop and it wasn't real cold. To be honest I got more of the flavor when it was a few degrees warmer. I'm happy that I spent the money on two of these. It's over all a great change of pace for me.

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Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a caramel brown color - clear and effervescent. Thin fizzy off-white head dissipates quickly leaving just a minimal amount of foam.

Smell is both boozy and sweet with notes of grain, candied sugars, dark fruits, and a hint of wheat.

Taste follows the nose with hints of dark fruits, candied sugars, cherries, wheat, grain, and lots and lots of booze. Bit of a burn from the alcohol with a warming sensation present as the beer is consumed.

Feel is almost syrupy and thick but not heavy. Mild carbonation. Sweet finish coats the mouth.

Overall this is widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, eisbock out there. Its certainly a well crafted beer - its just a big boozy beer that isn't so much my wheelhouse. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark brown with very nice whitish head. Good retention. Nose is definitely full of wheat, as in a hefeweizen. Getting some plum and candy as well. Also getting some red grapes and banana. Taste is super smooth and sweet. Getting wheat, caramel, candy, sour grapes, and even a bit of citrus peel. Nice mouthfeel as well - medium bodied. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of -steve-
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy brown. Tan head dissipating quickly.
Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness.
Taste: Super sweet. Caramel. You can taste the underlying alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Packs a punch on the tongue. Feels oily in the mouth. Finishes with a touch of dryness. No hops to speak of.
Overall: Great beer to share with a friend. Sweet and smooth.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice dark brown to almost black color with a decent one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds and ends up leaving a decent amount of foamy lacing. The smell was wheaty yet had a nice allocation of dark chocolate malts and some nice banana coming out to assist in a wonderful aroma. The taste was basically sweet through the chocolate and banana and the wheat ended up backing all of that up in a decent manner. There was no aftertaste and yet there was a slight dry sweet banana finish. On the palate, she sat about a medium in body and wanted to show a decent sessionable quality to it, but for the most part, it really wasn’t. I sipped this and enjoyed it thoroughly that night I had it. Overall, super nice Eisbock well worth my time and money.

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Photo of stcules
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown color, beautiful off-white foam, not longstanding.
Full and entrancing smell, with dried fruit, candy fruit, raisin, malt and caramel.
A bit of alcohol, but it's 12%.
A lot of dried fruit in the taste too, plums, caramel, toffee. Full and challenging. And still a weizen.
Alcohol quite well hidden after all, but it is definitely a warming beer.
Somq liquorous notes, porto-like.
Again dried fruit in the aftertaste.
Full, challenging, structured. But satisfactory.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage boxed version.

Poured out with a generous bone-white head, faded quickly but some of the lacing stuck around, coating the glass nicely. Beer is a lovely hazy mahogany/ruby colour.

Oh man, sugary as hell on the nose, but I love it. Figs, coconut sugar, over-ripe bananas, molasses, maple syrup, hints of chocolate, candied pear, prunes....amazing. Phenomenal. The booze is there for sure, but it's completely eclipsed by the sugary dark fruit.

Flavour is full on sugary maltiness.Dark fruits, prunes, figs, brown sugar.

I love sweet beers. This is in my top 10 for sure.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has some mild vestiges of dark fruit & semi-sweet phenol (the usual date / fig variety) but there is also a weird tomato / vegetal smell underneath as well. Maybe some odd malt / fusel alcohol bastard? Flavor starts out with a little sweet phenol / candy, like a grape Jolly Rancher but old, with fuller phenol notes opening up in the mid-palate bringing in your plum & wet fig, maybe a little star anise. There is definitely a pronounced fusel note but it is hidden pretty well, though certainly noticeable in a husky blackstrap molasses note. It ends with more of a spicey note with more of that anise flavor. Good flavor notes though it somehow lacks a certain impact, can't quite put my finger on it but nothing really sings. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy. Solid beer but didn't blow my mind.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, Karstadt dept store, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - huge hit of fruity esters - banana, cherry notes. Taste - Sweet fruity esters - banana at the front, malty middle, crisp bitter finish with a light alcoholic warmth. Fantastic high ABV doppelbock. At 2 Euros easily the cheapest I have ever paid for such a fantastic ale.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this one. Made sure to chill it as ordered.
L-Pours a dark murky/dish watery and very carbonated beer. One head finger that is very bubbly and dissipates quickly. The carbonation simplifies quickly as well.
S- Very complex smell. Roasted almonds, dark breads, banana bread. Sweet brown sugar/molasses and stone fruit. Campfirey smell also is picked up along with a slight citrus note. I smell toasted wood in this beer.
T- Follows the nose; yeasty, sweet like molasses. Not too boozy at all on a count of its alc. content. Very ripened banana and dark breads is also picked up. Earthy flavor is behind the initial taste, darkly roasted hops and caramel as well. Gingerbread? An almost umami flavor that I can't describe. So very complex. I love it.
F- Creamy and thick, goes very well with the flavor of the beer.
O- Absolutely wonderful ale. I can't think of a more complex beer I've had at this time in my life. Wonderfully delicious and deathly potent. This is a sippin' beer. Once again, wonderful. Everyone needs to try this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a murky dark brown with half a finger of tan head that leaves sparse blotchy lace as it recedes.

Smells of banana bread, roasted almond, toffee pudding, candied fig and date, brown sugar and soft milk chocolate. Threatening alcohol.

Tastes of browning banana, sweet dark nutty bread, more roasted almond, candied dark fruit, maple syrup, spiced rum cake, milk chocolate and warming alcohol.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes sweet and warm.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A sprawling feast of a beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle format – Imperial pilsner style glass
Picked this up at Bottle Craft in Little Italy - Last noted on 10/04/15

Stoked to finally tick this style and not disappointed with my purchase here

The pour yields a turbid and tawny looking body. Leaning towards a light chestnut in color. A serious mass of spongy tan head is produced with insane retention efforts. Looks like you can balance a quarter on top. There is a mixed trellis formation of lace that gets left clinging to my glass.
The nose brings a complex malt mixture of darkened breads, toasted almond, toffee nougat, and gooey caramelized fruits like fig and plum. There is a faint hint of mineral and spice added with banana. Reminiscent of baked banana bread really.
Malt seems fortified in the flavor. Very complex while maintaining a very smooth façade. Loads of darkened sweetbreads and dried fruits with toffee/caramel nougat and treacle. Firm moments of dark cherry, plum, fig, and red currant. Getting some faint milk chocolate to this as well. There is an earthy hop touch to it and some frequent pops of musky yeast with an unobtrusive banana and clove likeness. I get a wash of alcohol warmth in the finish that is rather comforting here. A real nice winter sipper I would think. Thick and filling with the strange phenomenon of no seemingly so. Has a lighter real ale quality that I find quite quaffable.
Such an impressive brew. It is sweet without being a saccharin bomb, thick without being too tacky/syrupy, boozy without being too harsh.
Tows the line between a bull in the china shop and elegant finesse. Either way I treasured this Ale immensely.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a somewhat murky brown color that turns to black in the glass. Some brown highlights, no red. Creamy and sticky head.

Aroma of alcohol, intense toast and malt aroma. Tones of melandoidin, toffee, dark fruits. No hop aroma.

Balanced to the sweet side with a boozy finish. Full bodied and smooth in your mouth. Warning from the alcohol. Dark fruit. Toffee.

This is an amazing beer. If it were not for the high alcohol it would be a nightly treat.

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

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; produced December 20, 2017.
A: Pour a bright, clear, copper color with a fluffy, one finger, wheaty, with an orange caste, head with solid retention, but rather limited, no more than soapy, lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, banana, raisin, plum, and cloves. Am I imagining a little orange liqueur?
T: Sweet and malty. Flavor pallet basically follows the nose the malts more at the molasses end of the spectrum. Pepper and cumin bitterness, stronger at first, but surrendering to the malts without being cloying.
M: Medium bodied with persistent effervescence. Fizziness tickles the palate.
O: Subtle, complex, evolving and delicious. Reminiscent of a liquer.

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Photo of opieo
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a brew you must try. Full bodied, complex, smooth, rich unfiltered hefe. This drinks like a high quality product. The fruits and banana are priority.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown with sharp, bubbly head. Smells of honey, mint, malt, a hints of pepper and cloves. Tastes of peaches, plums, caramel, and honey. A mild peppery bite. There a nice, hot, alochol burn that is balanced by the carbonation. Overall, a very rich, flavorful, and powerful beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/24/13; drank 10/5/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Muddy diarrhea brown hue with tons of flotsam; champagne bubbles.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Black pepper, banana, clove & booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut & coffee notes up front; mocha emerges as it warms. Bold & enjoyable, but one's enough.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AROMA: Aroma-Yeast, Banana bread.
LOOK: Black pour with a grayish thinness. Looks like a coca-cola. Medium head, large bubbles, non-lasting. WANG, but smooth. I was halfway through this beer very quickly. The Belgian Wang (yes I know the beer is German I’m about the Wang is Belgian ) eases into a smooth sourness.
TASTE: Tastes a little like ""sour patch kids"" if you know what they are.
FEEL: some sediment a very drinkable light carbonation. worked my way into this one.

Was not a fan at first, but really enjoyed it at the end. being my first beer I realized it has a nice kick. Wow 12 percent by volume now that I look at the bottle. Alcohol is masked well."


On tap at Asbury Park Biergarten.

Super smooth despite 100 degree hear outside.


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Photo of BeerTv
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
(ABV 12%) (IBU: 15)

Eisbocks are amongst the world's most potent beers; commonly referred to as "ice strong beer." Known as a true winter lager, these beers mature via freezing and separating the frozen ice crystals from the remaining mixture. As the frozen water is drained from the mixture, what remains is concentrated alcohol of about 10% or so ABV in strength. This strong mixture concentration is what is known as an Eisbock. And before you begin to wonder, alcohol has a higher freezing temperature than water, which is why the brewers can separate the 2 so easily.

AROMA - strong dark fruits such as plum and prunes, sweet malt, slight touch of banana, spicy clove, alcoholic/boozy, hints of earthy spiced hops

APPEARANCE - poured an opaque mahogany with light strips of scarlet near the edges, strong creamy tan head, superb head retention dissipating into a sizable cap leaving beautiful streaks of lacing.

FLAVOR - dominant malt sweetness, hint of rum, jam-like plum, dates and prune dark fruit presence, hop spiciness, molasses/caramel sugar sweetness, undertones of floral earthiness

MOUTHFEEL - full bodied with a powerful alcoholic warmth warming the chest, softly elegant, thick sticky finish, slight carbonation, yet not at all flat, creamy smooth as it coated and warmed the throat

OVERALL - Wonderfully complex and elegant while the 12% ABV isn't completely overwhelming. A great example of a traditional German Eisbock. Sip slow near a fireplace and enjoy the winter.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very cloudy mud brown with a medium head. The aroma is replete with banana, dates, dark chocolate, caramelized carrots, mushrooms, an a not unpleasant musky basement smell. The flavor leads with chocolate, bananas, and dates, as well as mushroom, caramelized veggies, and grilled tropical fruits. The motuhfeel is very full bodied, and very creamy. Overall this is a superbly complex beer, and simply delicious at the same time. Very glad I finally got to try this classic.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a tulip. Bottled 3/4/15
Pours a very dark orangey-red brown. No light penetrates to speak of. I see the color, and a slight haziness, once the glass is almost drained. Light off-white head, that dissipates after a minute or so.
Aroma is mostly booze (brandy?) with a hint of dried stone fruit.
The first sip is almost all that boozy flavor, so let it warm to almost room temperature. Then it starts to shine. Flavor is somewhere between a quad & a barleywine. I.e. stone fruit/apricot brandy + alt + sweetness, a (light) syrupy feel, & noticeable alcohol, with slight warming.Very fine , and noticeable carbonation settles and lingers on/near the tip of the tongue. Very good, but a once-in-a-while thing.Very satisfying, so one is enough. :)

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Photo of TonyLema1
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: deep brown color with a thin tan head
S: amazing aroma, banana, cloves, and booze
T: big flavors, like a boozy quad and a Hefeweizen had a baby beer
F: boozy finish, tons of mouthfeel
O: world class beer

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Photo of rypkr
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a definite one and done beer. Delicious and entirely reminiscent of a quad or belgian dark with a little extra roastiness. Its thick, with an early on tantilizing sweetness that soon emerges to borderline cloying. All 11.2 ounces from across the pond will have you full and satisfied short and sweet.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle, pours a dark brown with a (for me) thin head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is mostly a clove-heavy spiciness. Taste is more malt forward, but there are a variety of interesting "spice" flavors … the only one I can actually name (sorry) is "cloves".

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,736 ratings