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

2,628 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 biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Very nice to see this offering in Alberta, when the others from this brewery have been available here for so long.

This beer pours a very hazy, dark burnt amber hue, with a teeming tower of tightly foamy and fairly creamy ecru head, which takes it rather easy in coming down to earth, eventually leaving some walk of shame, ripped nylon lace around the glass.

It smells of rich, dark, and fleshy orchard fruit, some additional mushy banana, caramel/toffee malt, a mildly astringent/sweet wheat dichotomy, a bit of aged demarara rum, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The taste is a sweet, sugary wheat/barley combo from the outset, followed closely by banana pudding, soft spices - barely evoking clove, and perhaps only in my head - dark sugar, somehow differentiated molasses, a mild oily nuttiness, some port-like alcohol heat, and drying, earthy hops flying well under the radar.

The carbonation is tame and equally frothy for the most part, with little to apologize for, the body a stout, sturdy medium weight, and a bit syrupy in its otherwise impeccable smoothness. It finishes still sweet - fruity, malty, and boozy - all well tempered in their sexy restraint.

Wow - what an experience - so many input components that I was unfairly waiting for at least one of them to go off the rails, but, nope - mea culpa - everything is oh so very well balanced and integrated. A hallmark for this uncommonly available style, which given its inherent nature, needs finesse and subtly in order to be even remotely drinkable. This has both, and more, in spades, so grab one if you can.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now...I've been drinking it regularly for months! Poured from a 12-ounce bottle, dated 2008, into an 0.3-liter Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass (which I must say looks pretty cool).

Appearance: Very similar to standard Aventinus, but somehow a bit murkier and slightly more translucent. The yeast in the Weizen-Eisbock coagulates into hefty chunks which generally settle into the bottom of the glass, although there's enough distribution to cloud the beer's body. Head is minimal and fleeting, which is to be expected given the 12.0% ABV. Same goes for lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Like regular Aventinus, but concentrated. You'll find that this is a common theme here. I pick up strong dried fruits, a vague hint of wheaty tang, a healthy dose of malty goodness, and some wholesome sweetness. All these flavors are sharp, clear, and prominent -- there's no mistaking this beer.

Taste: Like regular Aventinus, but concentrated...and with more apparent alcohol. This is a fairly "hot" beer in that respect, more so than traditional Aventinus. The individual flavors -- which follow the nose precisely -- are more distinct than they are in the non-eisbock version, which is a mixed blessing. Still, this beer delivers a flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Out-freaking-standing. Nice and creamy, with a mild carbonation that lifts the flavors just enough to maintain your interest. Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock also coats the mouth and throat to some extent, leaving lingering flavors of wheat and yeast to remind you of the last sip's greatness.

Drinkability: Given the high ABV, I can't rate this higher than a 4.0. Even a 12-ounce bottle is bound to work its magic on you, which means a second bottle should be out of the question. Still, that first bottle is a delicious, fulfilling treat, and it's easy to finish without feeling fully satisfied. I kind of wish they'd put some of this stuff in half-liter bottles, like its more laid-back brother, Aventinus.

All in all, this beer is a must-try for any fan of Aventinus and for 90% of wheat beer fans in general. Highly recommended, if not required!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a frosted Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass (proper). Poured a deep dark red-orange (almost brown) with a three finger light tan colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, wood, spices, subtle sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spices, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The balance on this one was truly awe-inspiring as all the components in this one blended really well together and none of them overtook the others. You would never guess this one to be 12% as it wears it so well. Definitely a must try for anyone who calls themselves a beer fan.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and noticeably cloudy brown. The head doesn’t last long at all, but then again that’s to be expected with this style. Very malty aroma, mostly dark fruits accompanied by pungent alcohol. There is also some clove and banana too. The flavor is intensely malty, one of the maltiest I’ve ever encountered. Dark fruits (raisins, prunes, etc), some dark rum notes, chocolate, toffee, but interestingly there are also wheat beer flavors as well; that yeasty combination of banana and clove spice. An alcohol bite persists throughout and a nice roastiness makes an appearances towards the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Now, I should mention that this one has been in my cellar for about a year and a half, so it’s a bit mellowed. In fact, I’ve had fresher examples of this brew on several occasions and I can tell it’s quite a bit richer than my review might indicate. The nice thing about this one (and regular Aventinus as well) is that it combines wheat beer and eisbock/dopple-bock flavors, which is a combination ya don’t find to often. Anyway, highly recommended.

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Photo of Nick3
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2008/03808 poured into a 0,3L Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass. Lovely dark brown color with an orange colored hue when held to light. Consistent carbonation feeds a 3 finger head; some floaties bobbing in there as well. Nose is malt, clove, banana, caramel, and toffee. Looks and smells delicious. Taste is rich malts, caramel again, no hops, dark fruit. Creamy texture with ample carbonation. The beer definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is masked completely other than the light head you'll likely get by the time you're done with it. I'll buy some more and plan to cellar this one.

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Number 124960. A good looking dark brown beer with some clarity. Its vanilla colored head gives up sweet spicy aromas, as well as caramel sweetness and the wheat, yeast and big alcoholic flavor with grainy wheat and cloves, raisin/prune vinous complexity, sweet bread. Very drinkable for 12 %. Ice and Fire we will return to this again!

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel brown into a tulip with some yeasties left floating around to make things interesting. Has a fluffy light tan head that fades pretty quickly with virtually no lacing left behind. Smell is very complex and sublime with malts, cheries, grapes, esters and alcohol wafting above it all to let you know this brew means business. Tastes just as complex as it smells with sweet caramel, more grapes, a certain tartness, grain, and nice alcohol heat to finish things off. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, somewhat weightless, with the edges rounded off a bit making it very satisfying going down. Many people have described this beer a lot better than I can, but I know what's good, and this is good.

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Photo of django24
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 1-14-12

Appearance: Very good clarity, dark brown- black coffee color with coppery-orange highlights. No head, small off-white lacing.

Aroma: Nice, strong, and sweet. Good amount of bubblegum, cola, molasses, banana.

Taste: Strong and moderately sweet balance. Flavor follows the nose but with gingerbread and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied, thick and lusciously smooth texture. Alcohol warmth in the back of the palate and down the esophagus, little sparkly carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Well integrated flavors and smooth alcohol warmth. I drank this outside on my porch while it was snowing. It kept my torso warm and the complexity distracted me from my freezing extremities. Got to get more!

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Photo of konisko
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you want a beer that makes some noise as you pour, this is it. A constant hissing during the pour and after, as the head gradually recedes. It is a deep and hazy garnet colored beer. A hefty cream colored head layers the top. Nice retention is noted. The nose consists of licorice, fusel alcohols, taffy and sweet, carmelized malts. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light and airy and effervescent. Flavors consist of molasses, black licorice, ethanol, dark malts and freshly ground black pepper. This beer has got some character.

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Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle: This one is fizzy when pouring, but almost no head resulted from it. The color is an opaque brown, with a tinge of red. It has a wonderful aroma. A very fruity nose, with hints of caramel, yeastiness, and a hint of the alcohol. A thick, yet subtle palate of fruits and caramel. Some of the alcohol is evident in the taste. A bit of the wheat come through also. It also seems to fizz a little in your mouth. Very Nice!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. The pour versus final fill is interesting. Pours a medium to light colored caramel color, head starts forming imediately! The great thing in appearance is as it fills the glass, it ends up being a very dark brown color. Head is very large, creamy, fizzy...and has great retention. Leaves a thin, yet solid coting of lacing around the glass. As the head dissapates, it remains for a while as a thin surface of cream.

Aroma is great! Sharp, spice, sweet, and smooth! Booze is noticable in the nose. Heavy malts...resembles a solid Belgian strong dark ale.

Smooth, full bodied...and creamy! Wow, this has a great mouthfeel. Booze definitely hits late, but hard. Has a very warm slide down the throat. Big collaboration of honey, toffee, and fruits...although, I'm having trouble picking out the exact fruits. Overall, through the syrup like texture, it's mostly sweet and real bitterness to speak of, and definitely a great eisbock!

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Globe Glass.

A. Poured a big 3+ finger thick head. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing. color is a cloudy murky amber brown.

S. Smell is wow. All kinds of wheat aromas going on. Dark fruit, Clove, spices, banana. Some alcohol aromas. Pretty amazing smell. Its like a cross between Aventinus and a belgian dark ale. Smells potent.

T. Taste is a bigger version of Aventinus. Banana and clove. Alcohol flavor. Dark fruit lies beneath the wheat flavors. Very good. You would be amazed to find out this beer is 12% if no one told you.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. A bit of lingering sweetness.

D. Extremely drinkable. This beer is pretty much everything that I was expecting. It is a amped up version of an already amazing beer. Has some alcohol aroma and flavor but doesnt drink at all like 12%

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle in pursuit of reviewing all 104 styles. It also works to hedge this beer entering the top 100 beers of fame. I like this two birds with one stone approach... who's kidding who? I'll still have two beers.

This is bottle number 2011 004298. My bottle is special, there is no other bottle like mine. I gave the appearance a half point bump for making my bottle special.

I really liked this beer. It smells and tastes great. There are a lot of venous quality in it. You get a bunch of dark fruit presence. The wheat turns a very different flavor to this.

I recommend this really good, easy to find beer for something completely different.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $8.00 mark or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip. Aged 2yrs in the cellar knowing this was a hot beer.

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high thick rich head that lasts for ever. Very dark brown and unfiltered

N- Fig, plum and malt in abundance. There is a lot going on and in your face.

T- Nice fig. clove and malt backbone. Sweet and without a hint of heat. The 2yrs must have brought this beer down in the heat department. Super This a complex and balanced beer all around. As it warms the flavor changes so a Roch 12 style. Bocks are so good.

M- Dry and creamy. Super well refined

O- Well rounded, all around good blend. This master brew is so complex but balanced that it will blow your mind. I don't give 4.5's often at all so this one is a winner

Food Pairing

This wonderful, full, rich bodied brew went well with.... Braised beef ribs rubbed with a dry rub consisting of mustard, brown sugar and a touch of vinegar to keep it moist enough to stick to the meat. 350deg F in the oven for 45mins then check to see how its coming. If you like it well done do 1hr


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Photo of Blu3pdyLoup
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rifugium
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Had this on tap, and I found it pretty amazing. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a finger of foamy white head. Caramel and sweet fruits in the nose. Toasty malts in the taste, caramel, and a wallop of candy and dark fruits--raisins, cherries, bananas, figs. The fruit balanced out the inevitable spiced rum alcohol bite of this semi-distilled 12%ABV eisbock. Medium-bodied and chewy, very nice and drinkable. Definitely to be savored slowly.

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Photo of Navysqurl
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of grayburn
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby hued dark brown liquid into the glass, active carbonation is evident, 1 finger head dissipates into a nice foamy ring. Lacing is decent as well.

The smell is a mingling of rich ripe fruit, raisins, plums, with clove and alcohol. The bananna slides in just at the back end of the nose. The sweet malt presence blends this all together effortlessly.

At about 55 degrees, the bananna comes out first in the taste, it is followed shortly by some spicy clove and cinammon notes. This then fades away into a hot boozy finish, in the best of ways. The beauty in this beer is not the blending of, but rather the transition between flavors during the experience.

The mouthfeel is heavy, an excellent meal to sip by the fireplace. Plenty of carbonation to carry things along nicely.

I could not drink many in a sitting, but I will definitely return.

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Photo of Kevin67
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 01568. Pours as black as velvet can get, with a thick, pillowy rootbeer head in a snifter--could be the fifth horseman of the apocalypse by its intimidation... complex scents-- citrus fruit, freshly mown hops grass, and a grapefruit mix... thin and crisp on the tongue... lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... citrusy notes abound, with the slightest alcohol... hops are subdued, while the malts are impaling! HEAVY.... These guys are the masters, and though above my usual palate, this beer is a steam roller, obliterating any pre-existing taste in the mouth andforcefully asserting its power... memorable and warming.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully ruby, cloudy, over carbonated beer that settles to a nice off white head and long strings of bubbles. Banana bread smell, no hints of hops, some fruity easters. Complex malt characteristics, vanilla, melanoidins, no hoppiness. Full body, definite alcohol warmth. Easy to drink, but the sweetness lingers to the point of almost too much by the end.

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Photo of SFNC
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: A 2006 bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous, ample khaki colored head shows slow recession and great retention. The beer is a deep reddish-brown in color.

s: Excellent. Fruity doppelbock aromas of sweet caramel and toffee malts with the added complexity of weizen aromas. Formidable alcohol presence adds some spice and is a welcome counterpart to the sugars. The spice is very hard to pin down. A range of dark tree fruits candied in toffee, predominantly date but including also red apple and cherry. Hops, thankfully, take a backseat.

m: Carbonation on the high side, and extremely smooth. The body is full. Great balance between carbonation and body, with nothing overdone.

t: Layered flavors of toffee malts and fruity weizen esters give great complexity on the tongue. Generally pretty sweet, but the sugars are pretty well checked by the ethanol and light hopping. Not much hop flavor until the warm, lingering finish.

d: very warming and certainly a sipper

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,628 ratings.
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