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

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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

The bigger version of my first beer review will be fitting for my 500th.

This wheat eisbock pours the same hazy reddish chestnut color of the regular Aventinus. The head is big at first but leaves too quickly and leaves only a few meandering lace trails. The aroma is of rum cake, cloves, banana bread and spicey alcohol. The taste is intense and very rich. Its exactly as you would imagine concentrated Aventinus to taste. Thick sticky malts mix plentiful fruity yeast esters, tart wheat and stewed fruit flavors. Some of the delicate flavor complexity of Aventinus is lost in the sheer intensity of the malt flavors and alcohol heat (which is very evident but not distracting or unpleasant). The mouthfeel is very full, slightly syrupy, with soft, light carbonation. The finish is tart, fruity and long, with some soothing alcohol heat.

This beer is so robust, maybe the ultimate winter warmer? Still it comes short of the mighy Aventinus, but not by much.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage

Pours cloudy light brown with a few bubbles, but no head retention to speak of.

The smell is of dark grains, fruitiness - banana especially - and strong alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel with banana clove and plenty of alcohol. Not really complex, but still tasty. Full-bodied.

It's thick, rich creamy. Alcohol lingers in an assertive way. Sweetness lingers.

This is a nice sipping brew. Personally, I prefer the original Aventinus. - but this is a nice twist on it. Sweet, thick and strong. Too much for more than one - but, one to sip and savor is nice.

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Photo of Tawnos
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown, typical of a wheat beer. However, there's no head, no retention. Leaves a very thick coating on the glass.

Smell: Smells of Belgian candy sugar, a little chocolate.

Taste: Spicy, strong candy and malt palette with a caramel background. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The alcohol dissolves any hop oils. Would be great, except for the next thing...

Mouthfeel: too much alcohol. Maybe it needs to be colder (though this was started at refrigerator temp, so any colder and I don't think I'd tasty anything). Other than that, the brew is smoothe and creamy, it coats the tongue and leaves

Drinkability: Slow, very slow. It tastes good, but it's quite strong.

Overall, this is above average, but not excellent. I prefer their other weisen.

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Photo of oelergud
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque main body semitranslucent at the edges, a honey brown color. Light brown head that collapses quickly and leaves little lace.
Very sweet spiced scent
Taste of sweet spice, some caramel and honey. The alcohol is not apparent in the taste but it's readily apparent after a few pulls. Strong, long and honey sweet aftertaste which just wont quit.
Medium body, decent coating, extra sugar.
Very pleasant and easy to drink but watch the kick. A sneaky brew as the alcohol is well hidden in both the smell and taste.


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Photo of pmcadamis
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Rootbeer or cola brown with absolutely no head. A slight haze of whispy smoke covers the top of the brew. This is purple when held to candlelight and the hoards of sea monkeies dancing in the brew become visible.

S - Wonderous aroma of chocolate cake, tootsie rolls, LIttle Debbie snack cakes, yeasty chocolate coated donuts, some gentle grapey vinous scents, and light touches of leafy hops.

T - German chocolate cake, loads of yeast, and a humongous alcohol presence dominate the palate. Behind the chocolatey malt and strong spiced rum alcohol flavors, a gentle hop bitterness adds to a dry finish.

M - Super thick and gritty with a huge alcohol kick in the teeth. This has as much in common with a fine scotch as it does beer.

D - The gargantuan alcohol burn makes this a slow sipper, not a sessioner, but I will return to this once in a while when there is time to slowly enjoy this fine brew. I drank this by candlelight when our power was knocked out one snowstormy night and this was the perfect warming beverage for the occasion.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark carmel brown. Thin head,and some lacing. Smell is of dark malts,fruits,and carmel. Body is thick,and smooth, with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruit,especially rasin,with a very nice alchol presence. This is a big tasting beer,but it was smooth,and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a no head at all and no lace.

S: The smell is heavy with dark fruit, caramelized malt, molasses and alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and heavy with dark fruit (raisins, plums, raspberries) and a candy sweetness to it. The alcohol definitely makes itself known by giving you the burn, but it doesn’t overwhelm you either.

M: Crisp and unexpectedly smooth, medium body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and not filling, goes down easy for a beer with such a high ABV, I drank it pretty quickly, but if I were drinking a second, I go a little slower. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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

11.2oz brown bottle, bottle number 2004/21091.

Thick swirling sediment permeates the caramel highlighted amber body. Fizzy, instantly vanishing head of big tan soft-drink inspired bubbles that disappeared completely and left no lacing. Ample carbonation streams pierce the surface and lend the appearance of soda. Thick aromas of alcohol soaked dark fruits, cloves, bread crust, and bananas. The taste is sweet, sticky, and thick with cloves, bananas, and plums. This is instantly warming. Light peppery carbonation keeps the alcohol drenched cloves moving, but they still manage to hold their grip through the finish building in intensity alongside the bananas. Strong wheat beer accents have been bumped up and given a medium heat alcohol edge. Slightly drying in the finish. This is certainly Aventinus plus and enjoyable, but I prefer the regular Aventinus.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored one finger head with good retention. Body is dark garnet. Looks great.

Smell - plums, cloves, bananas, dark malt bread, and medicinal alcohol.

Taste - cloves and bananas, plums, cherries, and raisins. Strong, medicinal alcohol on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good, complex, and rewarding. At 12% abv, it is obviously not sessionable. Enjoy in small quantities and with food.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out an 11.2oz bottle, pours a murky brown--resembling strong iced tea-- with a fluffy off-white head, good retention and some slighty lacing clinging around the rim my wine glass.

The nose is warm and inviting, toasted malt, honey, and vanilla dominate. The flavor consists of vanilla, honey, caramel, cherry, and some orange zest, the alcohol is there, but not at all overwhelming. Sweet, but well blanced.

The mouth is medium bodied, complex with an wide array of malty and elegantly sugary elements interplaying all along the palate, ample carbonation preventing it from ever getting syrupy. Thus, it's quite drinkable and damn pleasing from start to finish. Wonderful.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle# 2005/03114

Poured murky chestnut with zero head. No lacing & no head retention

Huge sherry notes & raisins. Alcohol sets in as it warms

Taste: Oakyness & breadyness; dryness sets in then. Finishes dry & bread fruitty. finishes dry & oaky like a good or cheap sherry

MF: Thick but prickly (from the alcohol); but mellows out as it warms

Drinks okay, a by the fire sipper.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2002. The liquid portion looked a lot like standard Aventinus, dark copper orange brown and clear with some floaties. There was barely any head though, probably due to the high alcohol content.

The smell was mostly sweet and malty, bringing to mind Aventinus or STB ABT 12 with its bready yeasty aroma. The flavor is different than normal Aventinus, more alcoholic and kind of similar to aged Gouden Carolus or even a 10-yr old St Sixtus ABT 12 (brewed by St Bernardus) I had this summer.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and there is hardly any carbonation. Just seemed like a well aged high octane ale.

Very nice overall, but only for a nightcap or special occasion. Regular Aventinus is better in my opinion.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rich dark brown/almost black in color, a thin white head that reduced very quickly but retained decently

S- strong aromas of heavy malt sweetness as well as that bannana-hefe wheat smell, with notes of rasins and chocolate

T- rich flavorfu malt taste, alnong with the bannana/raisin flavor decribed in the smell

M- very thick, almost syrupy, very low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- not very drinkable in large doses, something to definitely drink occasionally, takes a while to get through a pint of the stuff

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown opaque brew that pours with a creamy 1.5 finger head which seemingly lives forever. A tiny ring of lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas and a touch of phenols. Alcohol leaks through as it warms - a whole lot near room temp.

T - At first abv is undetectable, but it really sticks out later. A malty thick wheat character with a touch of bananas and allspice. A mild malty bitterness that makes for a smooth finish.

M - Extremely thick, chewy even, froths in the mouth nicely, only moderately refreshing though.

D - Rather good. Dangerous drinkable for a 12%'er. Honestly though, I will probably never have this beer again. Aventinus is vastly superior to its own eisbock counterpart. The alchol just kills the beer here. For the same price, I can drink MORE Aventinus and get drunk less quickly. An excellent beer, but with a better cousin.

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

This beer poured a dark but bright cherry amber with a nice film of pale white head.

Smells of chocolate pudding, wheat germ, rhubarb and cherry with a slight dry oak that is coupled to an delightful aromatic alcohol.

Tastes of smooth whole wheat and rye with some dark cherry. There’s also a dry tingly alcohol paired with a wet, sappy oak. The chocolate pudding comes back in the finish.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, silky and dense with a tingly but sparse micro-carbonation.

This one’s delicious and really well done. The alcohol is wonderfully mild making this extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of HopsHops
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man...this beer is great...a nice dark brown color...a wonderful sweet smell...and im not into sweet beers...This one is a major exception..the alcohol content at 12.0%ABV may take a few points off the drinkability but i will say outright that this is definitely one of my very favorites..i dont even need to describe it....if you are into beer and havent tried this one you absolutely must try it...
I had an 11.2oz bottle and
i sipped on it for about an hour...drank it straight out of the bottle...i only know the color cuz my mom asked to try it and so i gave her a little bit thinking she would be disgusted by it but she thought it was real good ...i was shocked ....must try it

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Photo of miskatonic
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at my friends house while house-sitting and it seems to be at least a couple of years old judging the label I saw and the currently used version of the label. He did say help myself to anything. The beer pours a dark mahogony almost ebony into a goblet with no head to speak of and what appears to be some solids (yeasts, protiens) which are to be expected based on how this beer is made and matured. The nose is very rich and sweet with a little alcohol detectable and a port-like fruitiness. Held up to the light the beer reveals a soft crimson color at the center of the glass surrounded by dark edges. The first sip surrounds my tounge and tastebuds in a rich velvety sugar-plum sweetness that rounds out with a very strong alcohol taste.The mouthfeel is superb - thick, full, warming, and the beer finshes smooth with a subtle hopiness and a very similar tartness to a nice strong barley wine. The second sip is much more malty and reveals the distinct wheat flavor of the weizen-bock bier that this brew began as and the many levels of fruitiness in the finish - date, fig, black cherries soaked in rum. Overall this beer is a very complex and robust example of an Eisbock, maybe owing a good amount of it's unique character to the fact that it is a weizen bock. This is truly an amazing beer.

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Photo of Litterbean
1.87/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours dark brown with no head. Some yeast and sediment is present. Looks like crap.

The smell is a little sour and tart. Some cloying sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Blech.

Taste? Yuck. All alcohol. There's way too much booze in this guy. I greatly enjoy the Weizenbock, but this is overdone. I miss the banana and clove notes. This is just a disgusting mess. I will never have this again.

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

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Chestnut brown in color with a half a finger of light tan head...lacing is thin, but coats the glass nicely.
Very inviting in the nose...sweet malt with fig, anise, coconut.
Taste is packed with flavor and a bit sweet up front due to a boatload of malt. Passion fruit, cherries, some alcohol and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, yet not cloying...mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but not overly so.
A definite night cap for me...a great sipper, most likely one I'd go for on a cold winter evening.
EIther way, very enjoyable and a great first impression.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. bottle # 2005/11885

hazy amber with a voluminous tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is cooked banana, dark brown sugar, vanilla, wisps of wheat, and a touch of alcohol.

flavor is reminiscent of fresh warm banana bread, with some brown sugar and clovey spice, a little wheat and warming alcohol.

Tasty, but the sweetness and high abv would make it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Suds
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 063989.
I really enjoy Aventinus, so I hoped this would be a natural extension. In fact, it’s extraordinary. The beer pours a deep ruby-brown color with thick off-white foam. The amount of head is remarkable, given the strength of the brew. The aroma is amazing. It’s a fabulous mix of ultra-ripe fruit (plums, raisins, banana), molasses, sugar, malt, and spice. The alcohol gives the beer a strong ethanol smell, almost like a fortified wine, only tempered by a lot of sweetness. The taste is explosively good…intense malt and wheat flavors, sugary and syrupy, lots of warming, with a n incredible artesianal bread-like quality. It’s like drinking alcoholic wheat-bread syrup that’s been laced with fruit and spice. Caramel and molasses are prominent in the flavor as well. The finish is a marathon of lingering flavors, with a liquor-like warming. It’s a beer that’s worthy of intermittently short sips, spaced between long and contemplative sips. Otherwise, the intensity can be very overwhelming and taste-bud fatigue can slip in. However, enjoyed over the long-term, this brew is exceptionally rewarding.

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Photo of vancurly
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2005 / 12804.

Pours thick offwhite head.

Colour of chestnut brown, leading to amber & gold near the edges.

Some slight bubbling.

Initially a blackcurrant nose, followed by rich malt, and spicy yeast aromas. An acetone note. Toffee as it warms.

Thick, rich, sweet, intense. Licorice allsorts, with some vegemite-like yeast; maple syrup perhaps.

A late note of cigar tobacco leaf.

Almost, I say almost, like the tongue-numbing flavour & effect of liquid echinacea... so it's OBVIOUSLY good for me. Maybe my immune system is about to skyrocket... mind you this stuff will kill anything in its path anyway.

Big, full mouthfeel, offset by the hot & thinning effect of the ethyl & fusel alcohols. Man, they should put the ice back...or at least serve this on the rocks. Not sure I can drink the whole 330ml ...nope....managed it.... Think I'll have another...

I'm afraid to go near an open flame...I'm afraid to go near my wife....

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 08.26.06 at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Deep and cloudy on presentation, this dark brown brew offered a deep and rich head, that later offered excellent retention. Aromas were strong, almost musty with notes of grains and some spice. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the malt body kicks in high gear on contact. Luxurious, almost like high end chocolate, honey, toffee all rolled into one.

A fantastic brew, to be sure. Complex and deep, without a doubt. Do not rip yourself off, be sure to swirl some of the brew around in the bottom of the bottle to ensure you get all of the great yeasties into your glass. Essential. A true treat, whether you love wheat beers or not.


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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nightcap of the 3rd Madison Style Session - Weiss is Neiss.

Pour: murky garnet, totally opaque under a surprising finger of khaki foam that succumbs to the booze and fades to a spotty skim.

Nose: deep and dark - notes of brown sugar/molasses, dark fruits (dates, figs, raisins) with a sharp balsamic vinegar bite in the finish.

Taste: raisins, Belgian wheat, sweet vegatal notes, brandy-booze, and more of that potent balsamic vinegar in the finish.

Feel: medium-slick body, fizzy carbonation with a brandy burn as it goes down.

Drinkability/Overall: a phenomenal beer. Insanely drinkable for a 12% eisbock. Interesting wheaty-sour/dark fruit complexity. A nice amped-up version of their already stellar weizen-bock.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber color, with a small, quite persistent, off-white head and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Candied banana, with spicy cloves, and sweet alcohol, quite profound.

Taste: Opens with sweet, dark fruit notes, and vinous alcohol, which seems to linger on and on. The alcohol notes are not hot or solventy, but rather sweet and linger on to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, very thick.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, a must try.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,611 ratings.
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