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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany
schneider-weisse.de

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,161
Ratings:
2,600
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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216
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316
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Photo of Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle purchased at a Kingston LCBO as part of their winter seasonal selection. Poured into a small nosing glass for this tasting.

Alarmingly large head... cloudy orange-brown body with a large offwhite head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of banana and bubblegum are immediately perceived. A bit of alcohol on the nose, not bad at 12% abv though. Notes of vanilla, yeast, some caramel and perhaps some medicinal character (cough medicine?). Bread. Whisky-like oakiness. Not too complex.

Big mouthfeel, remarkably carbonated.

Very sweet and syrupy on the palate. Bananas and plums. Hot finish, I suppose anything carbonated at 12% will feel like this. Imagine carbonated red wine... very punchy. Molasses, licorice, yeast, grape skins, pepper. Herby and medicinal, almost like bitters (liqeur). Spiced chocolate? Some sour citrus rind in there too. Feels like it could be loaded with tannins. Interesting.

A German powerhouse. I like how it retains the characteristics of the wheat very well. Why did they put this in a 500mL bottle?!?!

Edit: not as drinkable as I thought. The fact that it is 2/3 the size of a bottle of wine, just as strong, and as sweet as port makes it a little hard to finish. Still tasty though.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours brown with a long lasting, off-white, foamy head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, wheat malt, brown sugar and alcohol. The body is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is of dark fruit, wheat malt, yeast and brown sugar. Long, warming finish. The bottle was old, but the brew was still great.

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Photo of dqrull
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, hazy brown with a much more prominent head than was expeted considering its ABV. The head looks really creamy, slightly beige and lasts for a few minuts before diminishing to a firm lid om the liquid.

Smells huuuge of bananas! Banana-candy and sweet rather heavy alcohol-aroma to it, reminds me of a banana-liqour I once tried. Although the bananas are very much in your face, there are lots of spicy and herbal notes, I get thyme and coriander the most, but also a hint of rosemary and a little cinnamon, really a unique nose!

Very heavy flavours here. An initial banana-sweetness coupled with some other fruits, a light hint of dried figs and green apples, a very broad fruitiness. All the while there are all these herbal notes treading along (cloves, thyme, rosemary and some white freshly ground black pepper) which makes for a very special drinking experience. It's not hard to relate to a normal weissbier, but here al the flavours are so much more pronoounced, and some minor hints that are really hard to find in normal-strength weissbiers are easier to get here, and they are enjoyable for sure. The beer finishes of with a sweet banana, a really clean banana flavour to be honest, really nice. The beer is really sweet throughout the whole tasting, and the alcohol is a little too much at times, not really balanced out, might be the eisbock-techniques doing, never tried one before.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, really syrupy and cloying, I usually dont have a problem with that if the beers massiveness can balance it out, but I dont get that here.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a bit of light seen coming through the edges of the glass. A thin head quickly dissipates to a small ring.

S- A bit of sweetness and candied fruits. Maybe some brandy and brown sugar.

T- The flavor profile is sort of similar to regular aventinus but it seems a bit stronger. Plenty of spice and plum with some vinous qualities present as well.

M- Medium/full bodied with decent carbonation.

D- A nice brew with an interesting flavor. I haven't had many Eisbocks so its tough to compare.

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Photo of kyleec
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, head goes quickly

S - lots of alcohol, also cloves and spices

T/M - The alcohol is pretty apparent in the taste, which is my main complaint against this beer. Otherwise it's great. Nice warming sensation with cloves and spices just like the smell would indicate. Fits the style very well.

D - I thought it would be less of a sipper, but I had to take it kind of slowly. Still a very fine beer and glad I had it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large rocky white head.

Scent of wheat, yeast, dark fruits, and sugars. Fairly complex with nicely hidden alcohol.

Taste of sugars, dark fruits, wheat, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. A little overly sweet for my taste, but still a very competent brew.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock is a dirty dark brown with a one finger head that fades to a collar. The aroma is banana. The taste is candy cane sweet, dark fruit, bananas and alcohol. Even though I watched a great chunk of yeast plop out of the bottle and settle to the bottom of the snifter, the taste was not all that yeasty, even at the end. The feel is medium bodied, oily and sufficiently carbonated. Drinkability is good, I could have another.

I'd never had a weizen eisbock before, and only one weizenbock, so I didn't quite know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised though at the taste of this beer. It has dessert wine characteristics to it's flavor. While I don't believe I will become a huge fan of Aventinus Eisbock (just too many other options out there), I did enjoy it greatly.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The body is dark mahogany with about two fingers with of rocky off white head that rapidly dissipates into soapy lacing. The smell is rich full of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and alcohol. This smells really sweet, it reminds me of blueberry pie for some reason. The taste is dark fruits up front; figs and dates with a bready feel to it and slight traces of alcohol. The body is held up nicely with sweet malts. The carbonation is a bit higher than I expected. It's a little fizzier in my mouth than what I had anticipated, however the body is nice and heavy and not as syrupy as I would think a big beer like this would be. All things considered, I think this is rather drinkable, even though it's still a bit of a sipper.

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Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, labelled 2006. Pours a murky, muddy brown with some little bubbles on the side of the glass. Aroma is wheaty, but not particularly strong. Taste is all Aventinus up front, but then feels heavier and more alcoholic on its way down. Almost warmer. I probably should have prefaced this review by saying that regular Aventinus is one of my favourite beers of all time, so I was practically giddy about trying this one. Flavour is good (well, it would have to be), but I'm not sure it's necessarily better than regular Aventinus. But it certainly goes down the throat more like hard liquor than a beer.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very cloudy and dark brownish amber with a really thick, pillowy head. No lacing.

The aroma is mostly dried fruit, prunes and raisins. A lot of roasted malt sweetness in the nose too

The taste is really quite sweet and alcoholic. If you'd had Aventinus the flavour is almost the same, just with a more pronounced alcohol and more malty sweetness. This is aventinus on steroids.

The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated and medium bodied.

Pretty hard to drink more than one of these beasts.

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Photo of reddomino
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A This ale is a deep, rich brown with plum highlights. A billowy, off-white head sits about two fingers high from the rough pour, and slowly settles into a thin lace. Small flecks of sediment settle to the bottom of the glass.

S The scent is a bit subdued. Fruits hit right off the bat. Bananas, plums, and some herbal, slightly grassy notes are present. Later on roasted grains and a bit of chocolate come through.

T The taste is a bit hard to describe. A fruit sweetness hits right away with a taste of banana, grapefruit and mango. Some medicinal flavors and roasted notes follow, along with a strong alcohol warmth.

M Thick and creamy with a very low amount of carbonation.

D This is a nice slow sipper with some kick to it. The flavors are pleasant, but seem muddled when compared to the original. The warmth form the alcohol is strong, but not off-putting.

Overall, this is a really good beer, but not as good as the original when fresh. I'm sure with some age on it it would be perfect.

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Photo of sfprint
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with sediment flakes floating about like a hippie lamp.

S: Smashes your nose with alcohol! Then comes the malt. Woody and sweet.

T: Very malty, but somewhat sweet and alcoholiic as well.

M: Smooth for something so high in alcohol.

D: Great for the alcohol content. I could have several it wasn't for the "getting me too drunk" factor.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a slightly thick murky caramel color. Reminds me of the color of muddy pond. One finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of bananas and cloves here. A slight Belgian yeast smell. Reminds me most of a hefe style smell. Dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Also some sweet spice here.

T: Sweet dark fruits dominate the taste. Some of the spice and cloves come through as well. Warming taste, with the alcohol noticeable as you swallow.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. The cloves and yeast lingers on the palette.

D: Very hot beer. I would like to taste this one with a few years on it. Fresh though, one is plenty for me.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 003026 11.2 fl. oz

Sweet fruity wheat nose with strong yeast notes. Decent tan head on the pour with some light brown floaties in the center of the glass. This head leaves quickly. Iced tea appearence there after with lots of yeast floaters. Fruity sweeter initial taste with a quick big ABV blast follows quickly. The finish leaves plum skin and tropical fruit on the tongue. The ABV is not as hidden as I thought it would be. The mouth is quite thick and its finish is dry on the tongue and moist and wet on the roof of the mouth and throat.

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Photo of aracauna
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review may be a little skewed from the beer being sampled after the Whiskey-barrel aged Dogwood Winter, but it's still a good beer. That being said, the original is really better. The head could be better, it was a little weak. The body was a dark, dull brown that was quite cloudy. Tons of overripe banana and overripe apples along with a richness to the malt that's not present in the pre-iced version (the richness is nice, but the yeast-fruit flavors in the regular Aventinus are more refined). You feel the alcohol more than you taste it. It warms the stomach and lightens the head. If you drive to the bar alone, it's perhaps best not to combine this with the Dogwood Winter barrel-aged. Luckily, I had my wife to drive me home.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. Its not a style that I visit very often either. After an aggressive pour I still didn't get very much head at all. It was a very dark brown and had a sweet molasses smell to it. First few drinks I pulled a brown sugar and kind of a hot cinnamon taste from it. Is a good mid body beer with a little bit of tobacco taste in it as well. The alcohol is recognizable but I would have never guessed 12%. Drinks more like a 8 or 9. A great beer overall. When I got down to the end of it I notice a ton of sediment. That's to be expected.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Only my second of the style-my first being the Kulmbacher which I warmed up to slowly. This bottle poured a deep chestnut and was just loaded with beer diamonds-way to much chunckage. I poured it through a fine mesh strainer and returned it to its glass. Stil lots of crunchy bits afloat. The head was marginal and subsided to a mini ring. The lacing was moderate. Aromas were very melon like, with a streak of blue cheese.The alcohol ripped through my sinus cavity and left traces of banana malteds as it did. In the mouth the beer is thick and indeed very warming as the alcohol makes itself known and is not shy at all. Flavors are deep and blown over by the high alcohol levels. Melon, raisin, some nutiness- Roquefort cheese flavors chime in loudly. Some sweet milky chocolate and of course, rich malted flavors surface and prove quite pleasurable as the beer warms, and as the taster warms! Sit back, relax and make sure you have the following day slotted for a late sleep in.

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Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass it's a deep, murky, medium hued and slightly reddish brown color. Head is light tan and initially billows but then fizzes down to only a thin lace and eventually just a rimjob. Looks like chunky, thick cola.

Smell is quite sweet - candy sort of sweet - with lots of banana, raisins and other fruit, wheat, and a good amount of clove.

Taste is also very sweet, with lots of malt and sweet wheat. Very fruity again, but not just banana - I think I smell raisins and who knows what else. Clove is quite prominent, as well. There is a sort of sharp solvent like flavor as well as some alcohol heat that hit the back of the throat through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick and chewy, but also has a pretty active level of carbonation.

This is my first of this style and I can't say that it's something I'd revisit with great frequency. I'm just not much of a wheat fan, but I'd choose this over some other wheat styles.

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Photo of Goliath
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some red hues. Virtually no head on the pour.

Aroma is ok. Some fig, raisin, spice, grain, sweet caramel, and rather boozy.

Taste is ok. Some dark fruit, raisin and spice, with the addition of caramel and grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Although, I do get a good warmth in my throat and chest as I drink. But it just seems somewhat "off". Never had it before though, so no clue if my bottle is atypical.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Pretty still mouthfeel.

Drinkability is fairly moderate. Flavor is alright, but alcohol is quite high. Really limits the beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. HAs a small tan head that bubbles away quickly. There is a sweet dried fruit character in the aroma with a hint of banana in the background.The taste is all raisins and fig with a strong alcohol push on the finish. Leaving a plum after taste.

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Photo of Overlord
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Bit of a pour cousin to the similar looking "normal" aventinus"

Pours a dark tannish brown. Maybe some carnelian highlighs. Smell is overwhelmingly bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Taste is, again, bananas, spices, alcohol, and a bit of cloves. Some dark fruit/raisin puree in the background.

I don't know what to make of this. It's decently thick, not a bad beer, but frankly, it's like they took the "normal" version and in trying to intensify it made it worse. Too boozy.

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Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda dirty rusty brown color with a pretty thin off white head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, plums, and banana...sweet and boozy. Taste is much the same except that I get some clove in the taste that was missing in the aroma. No hop presence can be detected. Lots of sweet doughy, sugary malts. This is just too sweet for me. Nice thickness and the feel is quite smooth going down. It's just sweet to the point of overkill.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BSP somewhat recently

A - poured a cloudy mahogany body with a khaki head. Not really any lacing

S - I get lots of banana and bready malt initially. Alcohol is certainly there. There's also a syrupy caramel aroma along with some clove and spice

T - very sweet and syrupy caramel flavor initially. The banana does come through as does bready malt and some spice. Alcohol is also definitely there

M - very smooth with adequate carbonation

D - this is a tasty beer, but the super high ABV and price limit its drinkability. Still, I'm down for enjoying one every once in a while, and when I do I usually enjoy it a fair bit. Give it a shot IMO

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good and interesting, but not only is it extremely strong, it also is a bit lacking in complexity and is rather one-note, especially compared to the regular Aventinus.

Bubbly brown-copper, it has a huge tan head, almost out of control, but quickly shrinking to a very thin, faint ring, essentially nothing, and with essentially no lace.

Aroma is sherry, prunes, dark toasty bread, hint of wet whole wheat bread, and spicily alcoholic.

Taste is very alcoholic, spicey and warm but not rough or harsh. It's a bit whiskeyish, light caramelly-pruney-whiskey character, a bit alcoholic and sweet before a very quick, extremely dry finish. A light, sweet aftertaste follows, brandy-like with a faint caramelly whole wheat, raisiny bread character.

It's very strong, not something to drink a lot of - rather logical since it's 12% ABV - a good thing to sip a little of, but, although it has a good, interesting, firm character, it lacks complexity and well-roundedness.

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Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a half finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention.

Smell: There is some sweet malt along with a carmel note and a strong dark fruit note. There is some warm alcohol as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with some dark fruit. There are some banana notes in there as well. The finish has some caramel and some extremely hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with extremely aggressive carbonation and a slick finish. The alcohol is quite hot.

Overall: This is a really strong beer. The alcohol is super hot. The flavor is good, but really overshadowed by the alcohol.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,600 ratings.
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