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

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German Eisbock
Ranked #2
Ranked #832
4.29 | pDev: 10.96%
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
Notes: 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
Reviews: 1,208 | Ratings: 2,752
Photo of Beginner2
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am speechless before greatness.
That was true the first I had this ice beer's brethren, Aventinus and my humility repeated itself the next night with the eisbock. I hope next to sit with someone and drink them side-by-side and compare notes.

Listed in "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die." Few will win an argument that this Eisbock doesn't deserve to be on this list.
Roger Prost also gave this eisbock a long review along with Aventinus in his "300 Beers".

11/28/18: I bought a copy of the Eisbock but the store was out of Aventinus. And I could not wait. So, I will just have to wait for simultaneous Schneider to conduct my side-by-side.

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Photo of c014572
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my. What I thought I would get is so totally different than what this beer is. Thinking this was going to be cloyingly sweet based on my favorite dopplebock celebator, I was so pleasantly surprised by the magnificent malt/hop/sweetness balance this had. This is not for the faint of heart. The alcohol is very present and the lacing is everywhere on the glass. This beer has wonderful flavor and character. It's hard to describe. For fans of malty German dark beers, who are not afraid to drop down $5 on a single bottle, you will be rewarded...

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy moderate brown color with a finger of khaki to very light brown foam. After a few minutes the beer settles into an impressive clarity given the color of the beer, the brown color also appears a bit lighter and starts to give off a hint of ruby highlights. Significant esters given off in the aroma; raisins, plumbs, hints of figs, balanced by a bread crust and caramel malt profile. Alcohol is present but fairly subdued in the aroma. The taste takes on a malt forward quality with enough hop bitterness to make the beer overly sweet. There is a faint irony taste reminding me of medium rare duck breast, it flows with the other toasted malt characteristics nicely. Alcohol is a bit more noticable in the taste especially in the finish, but is smooth and not dominant. The body is medium to full without any residual stickiness, not chewy at all, very pleasant feel, very faintly sweet on the finish, but the alcohol presence cuts through it.

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Photo of Spike
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a red hue when held to the light. Hazy. Unnervingly, very little head and no lacing because of the high alcohol level. Swirl it and a light tan head reforms before disappearing quickly once again.

Alcohol also dominates the smell and taste. Dark, dried fruits. Yeast. Christmas spices. Malt loaf. Burned sugar.

The mouthfeel, however, benefits from the high alcohol as the syrupy, liquorice, molten raisin gives way to a lingering, soft sting.

This is an obvious sipper. 12% ABV is not my natural space where beers are concerned. Typically, when I am looking for a dark red, 12% ABV, alcoholic beverage I'm looking in my wine fridge. In the right circumstances, late at night, on the odd occasion, I can see how this beer garners such rave reviews. But personally, I'm not in a hurry to try again.

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Photo of ke1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is from 2013 so has aged a couple of years. Dark brown muddy cola appearance with no head but faint lacing that stuck around until the beer was done.

Smells like plums, dates, raisins. As it warms bananas come out, faint clove maybe.

Taste: not overly sweet as i was expecting.. Plums and the other fruits that were in the smell.. heavy wheat beer in behind. Alcohol is there obviously but we'll balanced for my taste. Warm going down.

Mouthfeel: too syrupy for my liking but i guess that's part for the course for such a heavy 12% abv beer with these rich flavours. Light carbonation that balances nicely.

Overall : delicious. A Christmas treat, finally relaxing on my own couch after marathon eating and visiting the last 2 days. Wish I had another.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 15.177. (June 26). 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy brown with 1 finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring of white around the edge, and the thinnest of skim across the top. No carbonation is visible through the haze. Swirled the remainder of the bottle to rouse the yeast, and poured again. Thick, two finger tan head that stands like a mousse. Chunks of sediment. Even cloudier than before.

Aroma: Poured out of a fridge at low temp (37 F) what I smell is grape. Bubble Yum Grape. After the swirl-and-second pour: Not much more; perhaps some malt, but not a whole lot. As it warms, other dried fruits come to the fore: raisins and prunes, along with some clove. A toasted malt backs it all up.

Taste: Tart, alcoholic arrival. Bubblegum. Clove. Grape. Grows complex, alcoholic and medicinal on mid-palate. More hop bitterness than I would expect toward the end, with lingering alcohol and medicine. Not really any tartness or depth to the malt; wheat character is there alright. Alcohol on the end really overpowers.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of midweight. Lighter than I expected it to be. Not insignificant small-bubble carbonation. Quite slick. Syrupy.

Overall: Big, boozy wheat beer. Tastes so medicinal. This is really one you have to be in the mood for, and unfortunately, tonight, I am not. Except for the taste, it definitely satisfies the requirements of the style, but I prefer the traditional Aventinus over this. My tips: let it warm, and make sure to get the sediment. Both seemed to improve it.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. The color is cloudy, rich dark brown with orange hues. It has a very thin, tan head and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, plum, raisin, and caramel, and spice. The taste is complex: plum, raisin, caramel, and cloves. There is no discernible bitterness. The flavors blend very well. This is a medium-bodied, well carbonated beer that is almost chewy and the 12% ABV make it a true sipper. Overall, this is a well-crafted and exceptionally tasty Eisbock. It is a perfect dessert beer. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an Aventinus chalice. Murky brown pour with garnet highlights. Substantial foam. Poured perfect. Aroma is fruity, tart and malt. Taste follows aroma. Malty for sure. Spice, raisin and other dried dark fruits. Caramel and mild clove. Mouthfeel is light/medium that coats with some tartness lingering. Just when I finish a sip I'm looking forward to the next. Great preflight holiday quaff. Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of kitch
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th May 2020. Using Tap 6 as its base is a very good start.

Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a reddish/purple tint. There was barely any head other than a thin tan coloured layer and not much lacing.

Aroma: Sweet plum, grape, bubblegum, caramel with some light booze.

Taste: Dark fruits, grape, plum, prune, bubblegum, syrup.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: My first Eisbock and a very good one at that. Considering its 12% ABV, although there was a small amount of alcohol in the nose, there was none in the taste. Very easy to drink and wish I had a few more bottles on hand to age.

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Photo of Zet
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to black colour with a decent head of foam. The smell is one big bowl of overripe fruit (banana, prumes, white grapes) with caramel and alcohol. Taste has the fruit flavours and caramel again, with also liquorice and roasted malts. Alcohol is present (obviously with 12% abv), but combines well with the other flavours without dominating them. Very intense smell and flavour, combined with a smooth finish and alcohol warmth, perfect for a wet and cold november day like this. A true gem. The best before date was somewhere in 2020, so it might be a good idea cellaring a couple of these babies to see how they mature.

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick looking brown with reddish cast, topped briefly by a thick skim of tan foam that retreats to a lasting ring of fine knitted lather.

Caramel sweetbuns with toffee topping mixed with alcohol spice/fruit cake makes a medium strength and very alluring aroma.

Bright taste with all the elements of the aroma present. Some nice fruitiness mixes in as well, at times I get prune, plum, cherry, dates, as well as some really pleasant herbal bitter teases that tie it all together. Much less alcohol flavor than expected.

Quite thick, but it remains dangerously drinkable, with low carb. and a juicy finish that never becomes sticky.

Really delicious beer, superb, highest recommendation

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Photo of josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gift from Carlos. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Bardbarian. Spectacular. Really nice caramel sweetness. Not a sugary sweetness like in some belgians. Its high ABV doesnt bother at all.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 fl. Oz. bottle into a short stemmed glass at the Dog Street Pub.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a subtle purple tint and nice light tan head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some sporadic lacing.

Smell: A mix of dried fruits with plums, dates, raisins, and cherries. Caramel and molasses. Boozy on the nose.

Taste: Dark fruits(plums, raisins, dates, and cherries). Sweet caramel and molasses with some spiciness and an a distinct wheat element present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer...very complex with some boozy character.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murkyblack coffee with a smaller than expected head and not much lacing. Some sediment. Nose is thick with dried fruits, malt, and sweet booze. Flavor has some initial wheat bread unless, but is quickly overwhelmed by warm syrupy malt, dried prune, raisins, and much, much more. So many flavors come out the more I sip and think about it. At times, I get everything from coffee notes to cherry cough syrup (not meaning that in a bad way). Sad I only got three bottles because I'd like to age some, but am sure I'll crave more of this in the long winter. Outstanding.

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Photo of Wontonst
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark color with thick head that goes away rather quickly. Very floral, rich smell with a taste that matches. You can definitely feel the alcohol. Full bodied.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The base beer Tap6 is world class yet they take it to another level by freezing and condensing it into this one of a kind beer. When cold it reminds me of a well aged port. As it warms it becomes like no other beer I've ever had. Very complex and different tasting. Truly one of a kind and a beer that We should all try at least once. It be great to see some of the craft brewers try to make this rare style. 4.90

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 2/12/2015 if I translated it correctly.

A: Pours clear dark brown with a little purple tint and generous 3 finger light tan head that settles to a thin ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

S: Complex mix of dried fruits with plums, dates, raisins, and cherries. Caramel and molasses.

T: Dark fruits - plums, raisins, dates, and cherries. Caramel and molasses sweetness. There is a subtle spiciness that I can quite put my finger on.

M: Medium to full body and plenty of carbonation. Just a tad boozy.

O: An excellent beer. Looks like I need to visit some others in this style.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours dark mahogany brown with a quickly dissipating beige head. The nose is bitter - sweet, caramel, plenty of dried fruits, date, fruit cake, cherry, rich spice, brown sugar, earth and brandy. The taste is rich, bitter - sweet, so much dried fruits, raisin, dried cherry, fruit cake, light spice, good alcohol boost, cherry cola, chewy malt, caramel, earth and toast with warming, woody finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours burnt amber with a slight chill haze. The pour produces a massive and clingy 3” light tan foam collar that persists. S: Raisin, light banana, and fruitcake aromas rise from the glass. T: cinnamon, clove and dark fruit flavors, some hops show up on the end, some vanilla in with the spices with traces of toffee. F: Creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation O: A truly classic beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DrZombies review mirrors my own. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Alcohol dominates the first aroma. Resilient lacing, steady cap throughout with unexpectedly high carbonation. This is my first Eisbock and it's certainly intriguing enough to warrant another tasting in its style.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown pour (20) with thin off white head, good lace and thin cap. Sweet figs and prune juice aromas. Sweet figs and prune juice up front; chewy caramel candy middle; boozy exhale; creamy raisin finish. Medium mouthfeel; sweet caramel malt/ brown sugar tongue coating. Overall, pours like molasses and drinks like carbonated sweet liquid figs. Perhaps best doppelbock I've had - excellent.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- This one pours a syrupy brown that is quite cloudy due to giant amounts of glorious yeast hanging out in the bottom of the bottle....of course this was extracted before the final pour! The head is caramel colored and while not thick, is dense and provides a nice film over the brew. Carbonation appears to be heavy but fine at the same time, and the lacing, well, it's seeming to be a's not great....still this is a very above average looking beer!

S- Robust aromas of mincemeat, dark rum, Christmas cake to start, and spices like cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and licorice root. Fruity as well....raisins, banana, figs and prunes galore! Sweet malts that are rounded with a noticeable boozy quality, and with smells of brown sugar and gingerbread cookie yeast! Simply awesome to the nostrils!

T- Flavors are wonderful and follow the aromas closely and fondly! Rummy to boot, creamy eggnog quality, slightly chocolatey , awesome spicy yeast, and again, caramel sweetness, balanced by some rich dried fruits, woodiness,the booze does show itself more, and yeasty creaminess! The finish is Earthy, grainy, boozy and slightly citrus like....grapefruit pulp rather than rind.....the licorice root, ginger and spice shows itself on the palate near the end.

M/O- Full bodied for sure and as this warms up the fruitiness comes out even more and becomes more dessert like. Alcohol is hard to hide in this but for what this is, blends very well with the robustness of the overall character! This should be had with a meal, or sipped on and will make an excellent X-Mas eve treat to go to bed with watching A Christmas Carol....the one with Allister Sims! Not much more to say....this is simply a world class beer and if you don't try this, you are truly missing out!!

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at a temp of about 50 degrees. Swirled and dumped the yeast in at the end. A beautiful dark reddish muddy brown with a one-finger light tan head. It retreated fairly quick but left some nice tracks. The nose was full: plum, figs, soy, and even a little beef jerky. The taste really surprised me. Full on dark fruity malt, banana bread, figs, dark cherries and very little bitterness. Sticky soft feel and sweet but not cloying at all. The 12% ABV was masked at this temp and only showed a slow warming on the finish.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours finger and a half of mocha colour head, thick and foamy with good retention. Fully cloudy dark off-brown colour, almost grey brown.

wow! aroma is pungent! salty leather and beef jerky dominate. soy and miso scents, tarry. totally confusing and totally intriguing.

Holy shit, this is nuts! super rich and sweet dried fruits, dates, dried prunes, that belgian dubbel candy sugar hit. the weize is present with the fruitiness, rotten bananas for sure. caramelized sugar ala crem brule. burnt finish. Boose is super high at 12 ABV and alcohol comes through as brandy like, obvious but not offending.

BIg body and super creamy like a hefe. small bubbles but bright tingly carbonation.

Damn, saw that this got great reviews but did not expect much. not sure why because this is a beautiful and challenging beer. even my burps are tasting good! Have to say the schneider sons never made my favourtie hefe but this beer is exceptional. Great and wild flavours that balance well. sweet but as in fermenting and rotting fruit sweet, not just sugar sweet. Only drawback i find is for me the sweetness is on the very high end. but still, loving this one till the end.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goat inauguration.
Dark brown hazy, thick beige head, hellish long retentio, velzevulvic excellent laces
Smell - diabolic wheat, complex hell upon your nose sensors.
Taste - ultimate weizenbock worsip.
Full body, smooth, high carbonation.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2752 ratings