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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Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-30-08
2004 Vintage

Pours a vile mess, deep brown in color with a ton of chunky, yeast floaters.

Smell is very sweet, dark fruits with malted milk balls. Boozy at the end, with a wine-like finish.

Taste is thick and fruity, and very warmingl. The finish dry and tart, from the booze. Not overly sweet, and does not taste overly aged.

Mouthfeel is good, very viscous and meaty.

Drinkability is not super good, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known.

Overall, alot like a Belgian strong dark ale. Very deep and fruity with a wine character. Recommended, just don't pour out the yeast.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a murky brownish dark purple with a tight tan head. Nose is much like regular aventinus, lots of esters, banana, lemon. A hint of peppery spice with a good bit of dark berry fruits. Taste has a touch of booze through the finish, full bodied with strong carbonation and a light burn. Lots of dark berries, light banana and a touch of spice to it.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007 bottle. Was saving this to share with Ben at our "tasting" (aka The Shit Show) but didn't make it around to this. Oh well, I can take it down by myself, right?

Pours a hazy brown into my Tulip Glass. Head is sort of multicolored, it's toffee tan at the bottom and white at the top. Very lively carbonation. Possibly the biggest floaties of any beer I've ever had. There was some the size of my thumbnail. The carbonation was so intense it was lifting these things up and tossing them around. It was hard not to drink them.

The nose is a lot like the normal Aventinus, but more concentrated (big surprise). Intense yeast and dark fruit smell. Also, we can't forget about our warming friend, alcohol.

This has some intense flavor going on. Yeast and dried dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. This is a Weizenbock on steroids for sure. There is a slight bit of oxidation that has crept in the near 3 years since this bottle was born, but it's nothing to terrible. I also get a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Subtle carbonation. Drinability is marvelous considering this is a 12% beer.

This is a great beer, but I couldn't drink this often. One, this one bottle gave me a good buzz, and two, honestly I'd rather have the normal Aventinus.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. best before oct. 18. consumed on january 28, 2015

a: murky chestnut with a finger of tan head

s: huge overripe banana, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, and slight alcohol, followed by vinous dark fruits and mild cinnamon-clove spices

t: sweet overripe banana, figs, raisins, caramel, almonds. the back-end bitterness feels a bit medicinal due to the banana flavours + alcohol

m: medium-ish body which is lighter than what i expected, but it's still somewhat sticky and syrupy. dry finish

o: ultra sweet and indulgent beer, if you're into that kinda thing. it's great, but i won't be seeking this out again in the near future

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep purple-amber color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of deep fruit, banana, and a bit of alcohol are found in the nose. The taste is sweet, and the beer has quite a light body despite being concentrated. The alcohol is found starting in the middle and going through the finish of this beer. There does not seem to be enough beer here to stand up to the alcohol. There are some nice notes of clove, a hint of banana, and concentrated fruit (raisin is dominant). As it warms up a bit the body becomes smoother and creamy, though the astringent alcohol remains in the finish. Overall this was just a bit disappointing, the ice-concentration left this beer a bit unbalanced, though it is still pretty good.

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a muddied dark brown. It poured with a smallish, creamy white head.

s: Huge aromas of yeasty, wheaty bananas dominate. Not much of the spiciness from the original comes through.

t: Big, yeasty, phenolic flavors of bananas and rasins absolutley crush the palate. I could feel the 12% abv more than I could taste it if that makes sense. This was good, but I prefer the more subdued original.

m: The chewy body and creamy carbonation are still here. The only difference is a warmer exhale.

d: I struggled a little with the 11.2 ounce bottle. I'm glad to have tried this, but I'll go back to the original.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #033356. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature with a hunk of Chimay cheese.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light port tinged orange, with just a rim of head to encircle the beer's crown.

Smell- Gigantic malts and alcohol immediately on the nose... concentrated and enormously strong.

Taste- The initial blast on the tongue prepared me for what I thought would be a wicked alcohol burn... however, the bombastic flavors overshadowed this. A concentrated malt backbone lays the foundation, and a candy-like donkey kick to the taste buds follows next. Terrific balance, as a glittering hop tingle finishes after the swallow. No shortage of flavor here... it's mouth-encompassing just like a great Old Ale that's been cellaring for a few years.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Delightfully active and graceful in the mouth, and very refined... I was expecting something maybe along the lines of Scaldis, with its big ABV... this is a pleasure, so full of character. Almost too big for even a dessert beer, yet easy drinking... yes, quite a paradox. This is a difficult beer to review, so sample one for yourself and tell us what you think.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Pours a dark brownish-amber with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Aroma of sweet cherry, banana and cloves. Kind of rich, with a strong malt and alcohol presence over the wheat. This style is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Like a cross between malt liquor and a Weiss? The alcohol is very noticeable throughout. The finish is malty and fruity (plum). Definitely worth a return visit.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark amber, tan head.
S: Sassafras/sasparilla, ripe banana, fenols, rubber, some sweetness.
T: Pears in alcohol, a little bitterness, sourness, yeasty taste, alcohol. Apricot in the adtertaste
M: Above medium body, tiny bubbles of carboration.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a hazy deep chestnut brown with a very small head that instantly recedes. No lacing on the glass.

Very complex aroma. Lots of sweet, dark fruity aromas with a hint of chocolate. There is also a slight breadiness present and some alcohol aroma as well. The alcohol becomes more present as it warms.

A sweet malty fruitiness upfront followed by a slight chocolate taste. This is washed away by a swift alcohol bite and finishes slightly sweet and fruity. Don't let it warm up too much or the alcohol really takes over.

Big full body, it lets it all hang out.

Quite drinkable considering the big ABV. Just pace yourself or you'll wake up on the floor.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Pils glass. A rush of carbonation bubbles race to the top but no head remains after the initial pour. Caramel, figs, plums and grapes are the main things I get from the first noseful. The malts dominate the the full body leaving a sweet syrupy and fruity finish. The alcohol only enters into the equation as it hits my stomach. At $3.00 a bottle this is a steal for what's inside.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's been a hard night of drinking
and this still stands up with multiple beverages
dark brown body off white head thats sticks
lovely candied aroma
sweet malty taste
Das, das ist gut

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper with moderate carbonation. Has a short head that dissipates quickly revealing some legs.

N: Raspberry, prune juice, overripe plum, blackberry and heavy doses of caramel and toffee.

T: Black raspberry, caramel, toffee and candy sugar upfront. Mid-palate travels through with concord grape, bread and toasted wheat; heavy on the wheat. Finishes with sugar coated dark fruits comprised of plum, raisin and prunes. Some booze is apparent.

M: Full bodied, velvety, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: A lot of dark fruit and berry notes. Some booze is apparent but it is rather pleasant. Pretty easy to drink at 12%.

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Photo of shageman331
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. poured into pint glass. Purchased Dec. 27, 2010. Consumed Dec. 31, 2010. Bottle number: 2009 028384. 12% ABV.

Appearance: Dark caramel colour and slightly cloudy (I agitated it a little bit by accident) with a nice ecru coloured head.

Smell: Huge dose of malt with a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste: Velvety malt (not cloying), but still has wheat characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety, but there is still a bit of prickly carbonation. Actually, I think a little less carbonation would have been desirable.

Drinkability: At 12% ABV, this is a hefty beer. However, I get no heat. Ultimately, I think this beer could use perhaps a couple years to become truly excellent. I have a great respect for G. Schneider & Sohn, and they will always have a place in my refrigerator.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this ale tonight, served om a bottle and Celebrator glass at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD.

Appearance: Deep auburn-orange color, this ale had a great deal of sediment when poured into the glass. The bottle poured with an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: Malts come up from the glass, establishing themselves as the predominant flavor and smell of the ale. The malts are not so strong though that they reek of sweetness.

Taste: Malts hit the taste buds immediately. They are slightly sweet, providing a nice counterbalance to the high abv. The sweetness of the malts gives way to a pleasant, even wheat taste after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely in the mouth. The wheat character provides a bit of tanginess that mixes well with the sweetness of the malt.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by the 12% abv, but the ale is nicely balanced and the wheat adds a distinct taste.

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

Clear deep amber to brown color as it sets in the glass with a modest and semi-creamy head, the color a winsome light tan, as is erodes a fine and sticky sheet of lace covers the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hint of caramel and bubble gum, fresh and quite pleasing, the start is somewhat sweet, rich in malt, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a mild carbonation, the hops meek, pleasant, slightly tart aftertaste, and a quite quaffable brew tis’ true.

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Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L purchased from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY.

My first eisbock, not to mention a weizen-eisbock. Apparently this beer is created from a mixture frozen at 20F, and they only sell 120 cases per month.

On the pour, this beer looks like pepsi/coke - a reddish mahogany. The color is different than anything I've seen before. Head is minimal and ranges from light tan to white. Sediment present as small rounded lumps...these are tossed about within the beer as the carbonation is released. This lasts for some time despite the relative lack of head.

Smells of caramel/malt/spice/banana. The taste is not far off...spice and banana and orange. Very sweet, which is slightly offputting to me. A slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The 12% doesn't manifest right away but you will feel it in the aftertaste. This is one of the only beers I've had that leaves me with a stinging feeling on my tongue.

This is virtually 3 beers in one. A bottle of this size is enough to give a pretty calming buzz. Despite that I honestly don't feel the drinkability is as low as most other beers in this ABV range.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cracking this in honor of tonight's hailstorm (The Perfect storm would be even more fitting, but I reviewed that one two days ago). 2008 bottle, 11.2 oz, poured in a big wine glass at 54F.

Murky light brown with red highlights, opaque, with a minimal film of head, substantial lace.

Big aroma of spice cake, including plenty of clove, along with ripe banana, and milder notes of brown bread, red apple, and heady solventy booze. Cohesive, and quite nice.

Tastes sweet and boozy, with loads of clove laden spice cake, caramel, apple, banana, bread crust, and a hint of brown sugar. The booze becomes increasingly solventy, making for a hot finish. A hint of astringency emerges in the finish, counteracting the sweetness a bit, but not enough to achieve real balance. But it tastes good, the spice cake, bread crust, and fruit flavors are quite enjoyable. After the solvent and alcohol have faded, the clove still lingers for a long time.

Medium-full body, with nice tiny bubbles to scrub the tongue.

11.2 oz is a nice drink. There's no way I would drink a second bottle immediately after the first, unless paid to or coerced.

Compared to the regular Aventinus, I like the concentrated spice, malt and fruit flavors in this, but not the concentrated solvent and alcohol flavors, plus it lost some balance along the way. Still, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 2006 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a ruby brown with a rapidly disappearing head. Like a coke.

Smell is syrupy, overripe banana and alcoholy.

Taste is very rich and complex. Alcohol, malt, syrup, and banana.

Maybe this bottle was flat, as this has no carbonation. This leaves it feeling a little thin.

Very fun beer to experience.

Upon reading other reviews, it seems that something was off. I had zero caronation, and no yeast.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, dark brown beer sports a small, grayish-beige head. The beer is chock full o' flakes. The nose is spicy, tangy, fruity and very yeasty. Front is sweet and spicy, really dominated by yeast. The middle is an intense, syrupy malt, setting up a spicy, tangy, alcohol finish. Wow. This is an intense, tangy, fruity, yeasty beer. Aventinus on steroids.

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Photo of SudNut
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another great tasting beer from Schneider! Pours a murky intriguing brown with about a three quarter inch tan head. Something smells like alcohol mmmm, also a citrus scent banana?? Grapefruit?? A sweet and malty aroma! Dive in for the taste and ahh very complex just like the smell. Definitely ALCOHOL, woo hoo, with a malty wheatness. I still can tell is that banana or vanilla? The taste is big like the smell. I think I will just have to buy some more to sample and cellar. I highly recommend this brew. It went well with my grill cheese and tomato soup. I gave the low drinkability score not due to taste but alcohol content.


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Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into weiss glass. Cloudy mocha with a tall tan head that quickly drops to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, clove, and alcohol. Taste is clove, alcohol, phenol, fig, banana, bready malts. Certainly malt-forward, but the sweetness is held in check by the other elements. Medium-full body, very creamy and sticky around the mouth, velvety soft carbonation, with an astringent finish.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a dark purple-brown. really carbonated but produces no head with a medium pour.

aroma is strong burnt sugar and bread.. reminds me of fresh glazed donuts. notes of plum and dates accent this scent. something slightly sour creeps in to add even more complexity.

tastes very malty with hints of raisin and plum.. spicy with ginger and clove. very enjoyable but anything beyond a sip could kill you. the alcohol isn't overpowering, but comes in the form of heavy flavor that limits drinkability.

this is a delicious, strong winter beer. sweet caramel overpowers any of the original aventinus wheatiness. a true accomplishment and one that must be savoured.

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Photo of Jonada
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark amber color with only a thin coating of head that dissipates almost instantly to a thin collar. Pours thick as hell, almost like maple syrup.

Smell: Dark fruit, bread, clove, grape, a bit of a dark berry character with noticeable sweetness.

Taste: Mostly the same as the aroma. Strong dark fruit, clove spice, brown sugar and wheat. There's a slight astringency in the middle and finish which detracts a bit from the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low/medium and just enough to keep the flavors moving along and prevent it from becoming cloying. Alcohol hidden well, with it only really making itself known with a medium warmth in the chest after the finish.

Overall: This is my first eisbock, so I don't have anything else to compare it to, but this was a really good beer. If it wasn't for the astringency mentioned above, this would have scored higher (not sure if this is typical for the style or not), but even with that, it's still worth a try.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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