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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of DogFood11
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried to hold out drinking this brew. I was saving it for a special occassion but my curiosity got the best of me. Especially since Aventinus is my second highest rated beer I had to try the Eisbock to see if they are a one beer show. They are an outstanding brewery and this is another excellent offering.

Poured into a chalice the head faded fairly quick but there is decent lacing. dark caramel color with yeast present. I like to swirl this around and pour it in at the end.

First drink floored me. Outstanding balance of flavor. Caramel was the most dominant flavor but it has some plumb, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee...ohhh yeah perfectly balanced. Big welcomed warming finish. For 12% this is well hidden though. Is there a better brewery for these types of beers on the planet? I haven't found it yet but I have lots of searching still ahead of me. What I've enjoyed in the two styles i've gobbled from this brewery is the rich, deep complexity and contrasts of flavor that they seem to thrive on, and pay particular attention to. Thanks.

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

Very, very nice chestnut brown color. No real head. I have to knock it down a bit due to the floaters. This thing is way chunky!! I havnt had this much sediment in a beer in ages. Even after a few days of refrigeration and a careful pour. Good aroma-the banana and cloviness is subdued Im assuming by the eisbock process. Nice sweet malt in the backround of the aroma. Some banana and phenolic flavors but mellow and sedate. No hop bitterness. Good, soft malt flavor. A well done and well balanced sweetness. A slight trace of alcohol but not much. Very smooth body-amazing for 12%. An extremely enjoyable beer and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one huge, ass kicking beer. 2002 vintage poured into a widemouth DT glass. Caramel brown, head dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, loadoed with alcohol, some wine notes. Taste is rich, syrupy, very sweet and spicy with cloves and brown sugar making their way to your tastebuds. Lots of alcohol present, very warming. It would be great on a cold day. Drinkability is low however due to the pronounced alcohol content. Finishing one of these must be done patiently.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown bottle No. 023778 into a wine glass the beer was a medium brown color that setteled at a burgandy tinge when slightly warmed. A sliver of white head formed and no lacing at all, as expected.

The smell was wheaty with slight grain and malt. Perhaps a slight citrus in the nose with some corriander and caramel as well. Dark fruit and grapes are also apparent.

The taste of alcohol is apparent upfront. A very warming and smooth taste. Very red-wine like. A malty/wheaty taste to each sip. No bitterness at all and very little to no hop character. Darker fruits such as fig and grape are also in the taste.

Medium body, with no carbonation.

A good beer to sip, perhaps in even less than the 11oz. bottle size. The flavors did not really provide that much for me. An enjoyable beer, but my first of the style. Perhaps, this is just not for my taste.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Anticipation builds as the whipped meringue head settles back into the glass. This "King of the Weizens" pours up with a beautiful lacy tannish-white head that dissipates rather quickly due to the higher alcohol. Nice mahogany-reddish brown color with fine natural carbon bubbles. Extremely vinous with a very, spicy sweet nose reminisant of mince meat pie. A rich caramel/treacle maltiness carries through to the finish which is very distictive & clovelike. The bitterness is perfectly balanced against the candied plum sweetness. As the beer warms by the fireplace, the alcohol and ripe fruit aromas dance to the rim of the glass beckoning for a second whiff. Nice! This beer is very disceptive in its appearance and alcohol. It actually makes one believe that they're enjoying its smaller cousin Aventinus (8%ABV). Make no mistake, this Knight Aventinus carries a lance, sword and a morningstar! Buy, steal, hoard, and cellar all that you can find.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 18995: Poured a dark ruby color with a small off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Wheaty, clove, and some banana in the aroma. Sweet caramel taste, pepper noted as well. Alcohol burn. Creamy mouthfeel, this was different but awesome!

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Photo of wileycount
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into an approximation of the actual glass (stange with a bulge on top) at Loreley in NYC...

Appears quite dark, but in light you can see the massive chunks floating around inside. Always excites me. A nice 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a abit, made the whole thing look quite respectable. decent lacing throughout, even after the head settled.

Smells ... quite rich, very yeasty, similar smoked character to the weiss bock...very autumnal all around. No missing the fact that there's plenty of alcohol in there.

A nice first sip...smoky flavors, a bit of roasted quality as well as lots of sweet maltiness (though a bit less IMO than a serious quadrupel)...slightest hop hints...but then then the alcohol hits and does it pretty hard. Just as the eisbock should, I believe.

Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation makes it easier to drink initially than the abv would suggest...although that alcoholic burn does come out and slow the pace considerably. Smoother as it warms, although the alcohol gets a bit more prominent, overpowering the malts. Thus, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, I can't say this would be a regular plunge. Probably very nice for keeping warm on a frosty day, which is when I'll be trying it next I'd imagine.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
Aroma: Tons of spicey phenols. Prunes and raisins. Yeasty.
Appearance: Kind of a brownish/redish/purple? An odd color. Lots of bubbles and no head.
Flavor: Spicey as all get out. Roast and caramel. Prunes. Quite alcoholic.
Palate: At first its pretty silky and soft. Then settles into an alcohol burn and is prickly on the tounge.
Overall: Well worth the time, but I won’t have another.

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3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle # 07421 / bottled 2004

Aventinus Eisbock is a dark ice tea color (kind of murky amber) with lighter highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A 1/4" beige head recedes quickly down to a cap. Ton of particles floating around. Visibly high carbonation. No lace left.

The nose is spice, licorice, alcohol, fruit and an odd aroma of latex.
Pretty complex but it is almost overpowered by the alcohol.

The first taste was full of rich toffee and caramel. The alcohol is evident. Dark fruit like a ripe plum begins to emerge midway through. There is a good deal of sweetness in the finish.

This beer has a rich, heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Big-time warming effect. This is definitely one for sipping with the high ABV. This beer has vague similarities to Aventinus (IMHO), but if I tasted them blind I don't know that I could pick them out as relatives.

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Photo of karengarys
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours dark brown with floaty chunks all about. I poured mine cold, and tried it all along as it warmed. Don't let this get too warm...

Smells of alcohol and molassis and malt.

Taste of alcohol. By the time I'm reviewing it, it got too warm. I'll back up to the cooler flavors - alcohol, malts and a slight hop balance. Some sweetness that is pleasent. Warm it is just alcohol syrup - but that doesn't count.

Mouthfeel is creamy before it warms up too much. At room temperature it is flat, but that doesn't count.

Finish is butery and warm and sweet with no bad aftertaste.

This is a good beer to try, highly recommended. I just noticed it says "12% abv" - wow - this hides it very well at the colder temps, I was guessing 8 or 9%. If you see this, do give a bottle a try. But drink it cool, not warm.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. A small tan head lasts only a moment before subsiding. Bizarre behavior of the ample carbonation - bubbles come to the surface and immediately dissipate, leaving no head behind.
Aroma is rich and complex. Prunes, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a touch of wheat are enveloped by a huge alochol presence. Palate is similar to the nose - lots of roasted malt tempererd by a touch of wheat. Notes of dark fruit (prune, plum) and brown sugar followed by a huge alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant - thick, slightly syrupy, slightly chewy, and a little foamy if agitated. A slow-drinking pleasure - be sure to reserve the better part of your evening to enjoy this phenomenal beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: There was a good bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured it easy to leave it in the bottle. It poured a dark super-clear rich garnet brown with a thick head of tight bubbles that faded over a few minutes to a wisp around the glass. Some bubbles persistently rise to the top.

Aroma: I LOVE the aroma on this beer! There is so much going on here that I don't know where to begin! There are ripe fruits mixed with pepper and a host of other spices along with some Vanilla thrown in for good measure. It smells so good that it is like you could leave a glass out for potpourri.

Taste: There is a lot going on in the flavor also. There are plums co-existing peacefully with the spices, but there is a depth to the flavor of this beer that you rarely get with any other beer. It is even rich for an EisBock! There are a lot of earthy melanoidins mixed with a slight hint of chocolate. The alcohol content is the only thing that would detract from the drinkability of this beer, so that's why I gave it the marks I did for mouthfeel and drinkability. These aspects of the beer really fit the style, but this is more of a personal preference as I am on a quest for the "ultimate" beer.

Opinion: This is a super nice beer for anybody that enjoys a lot of flavor in beer! I highly recommend it!

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

The color is a very hazy dark brown with big sediment chunks floating around near the bottom of my mug. The creamy head is average-sized and off-white. The aroma is a combination of the typical clovey hefeweizen smells and rich, fruity malt. The aroma profile is nice, but I was expecting a little stronger from an eisbock. The taste makes me think of a dunkleweizen on steroids. An initial strong attack of weisse flavors is joined by dark fruity malts. A bite of alcohol is noted, but the 12% is still covered pretty nicely. The malt flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms up and some of the initial strength of the phenols subsides. Strong, well-layered flavors are the highlight here. The malty finish seems to last forever and caps off a great beer with a flavorful reminder of the strong taste of Aventinus' Weizen-Eisbock. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sacfly
2.32/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle number 052651

Brown goo on the bottom of the cap. Pours a brownish/red color. Yeast in suspension is very chunky. Little to zero head. What bubbles are left are very small. Sweet, malty, phenolic nose. Alcohol smell. Strong alcohol in the taste. Very hot. Whiskey aftertaste. Yeasty. Does not change much as I drink. I could barely finish it and considered dumping it. I was hoping to get over the initial flavor shock and pick up hints of something. None to be found. My tongue could simply not get over the whiskey and yeast. How could something as wonderful as Aventinus be mutated into something like this? I am told it is the same recipe, just finished off in the Eisbock manner. It works for some other Eisbocks I have had, but for this one it completely stripped away the blend of flavors that make Aventinus great and replaced it with an unpleasant alcohol burn.

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Photo of KoG
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with an offwhite head. Little lacing but a lasting head.

Smells like alcoholic fruit. Dark ripe fruit with spicy hops.

Tastes a bit phenolic with a spicy fruit start, sliding into chocolate and rum. Slight breadyness that finishes smooth.

Alcohol doesn't burn and makes this very drinkable, but 12% is a bit much for more than 1.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To be honest. I feel bad giving this beer such a low score.

Poured a dark ruby color into a goblet. From the onset you could smell the alcohol off this thing. How much alcohol is it? 12%!!!

Anyway... It is medium bodied. I feel that it is Aventinus with an alcohol kick. You can taste bananas and hints of coffee and chocolate. However the alcohol definitely permeates through the entire beer. Definitely a sipping beer and not a session beer.

Worth a try none the less. Seek it out if you can.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a generous amount of floaty scrod chunkers. Dark mahogany topped off with a khaki headcap.

Slight bananas and grainy husky aroma. Light rootbeer notes.

First swigs: Deep malty, almosy barleywine-esque for an instant. Root beer and bananas flavor meeting the nose. Rootbeer and a deep almond extract middle. Finishes dry with a linger of banana. Complexity is impressive. Cherry and banana bread.

Crisp snappy bottle offering leaving a tongue coating. Hot due to the Awl-kee-hawl.

Last swigs: Malty sweet brown sugar bananas eisbock. Just plain good.

Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.

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Photo of dwvarner77
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #046363

Pours a muddy amber brown with visible sediment stirring about and a light beige creamy head that retains a slight coating.
Strong aroma; caramel, raisins, and figs come to mind. Alcohol is present in the nose.
Huge flavor; i get the strong sticky-sweet raisin/fig flavor, along with a hint of sweet spiciness. This is followed by a big hit of alcohol, that hangs with you for a bit. The flavors blend more smoothly together as the beer warms throughout my session, but the alcohol still follows in the aftertaste.
Thick, heavy, syrupy mouthfeel; a bit of sticky saliva hangs in the back of the mouth.
Drinkable in a leisurely sort of way. Certainly true to style, this beer is a kick in the senses.

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, bottle is now a new squarer shape...pours a rich and unusual slighly purple/brown color, moderate off white head and just a bit of lacing.Nose is quite fruity, plums, bananas, apricots. This is a strong, rich and flavorful sipper. Its heady and intoxicating @ 12%. Lovely, soft and warming on the tongue. Complex notes of more fruits, wood,alcohol, brandy, yeast and sweet Malt. Fine stuff, well worth a try.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 023817. Pours a deep dark purplish brown with a thin head that immediately disappears leaving behind tiny carbonation bubbles hitting the surface. Smell is sweet caramael, molasses, raisins, plums, banana, and just a touch of spiciness. Taste is sweet and fruity upfront giving way to caramel, wheat, and oak flavors and an alcoholic spicy finish. Hops aren't really detectable, but they must be there since the sweetness stays in check and never becomes cloying. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and mildly carbonated--great for sipping. This is a really nice beer---extremely drinkable and tasty for it's alcohol.

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Photo of babydoc
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 2004/13385. Pours smokey/hazy cola, with minimal head, but a smattering of bubbles rising from the bottom. Diminuitive head. Nose is molasses/prunes/dark fruits, perhaps a touch of white grapes as it warms... Taste hits with dark fruits/prunes, sweet malts. No hop bitterness, just enough to offset some of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderate, slick. It dries at the finish, with alcohol making its presence known throughout.

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

Bottle # 014743

Deep mahogany color, semi-clarity. Beige, creamy froth head, and some grayish bottom sediment.

Smells of molasses, prunes, rust, and baseball gloves.

Immediately I taste dates and cognac. Then come alcohol and oak. Some of the flavor of caramel, but about 1/3 of the sweetness factor, so it is never a cloying sweetness at all. Dried mashed fruit pulp and cognac pervade, but at times the alcohol can be a bit hot. A wuss might struggle with this one.

At first I almost wondered if this was brewed with a belgian yeast because of the mouthfeel. Of course this would be tomfoolery. That notion aside, this is fairly dry, smappy in the beginning and a little bit dead in the end.

Drinkability and notes: Bottle didn't say ABV, and I was guessing 10-11%. Here I find out it was 12. Well, no wonder. The flavor is a bit more complex than I described, but was at a loss for words at some points.
I was thinking that wheat would be a big playere here, with this billed a weizen eisbock. Well, i didn't find it to be that exactly. I didn't pick up on wheat in the nose. No worries though. This was a steal at 3 bucks a pop.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown color, rapidly diminishing head. Smell is ambrosial: rich, sweet malt, vinous plum and raisin and caramelized apple. Flavor is just as good, highly fruity, sweet but not cloying malt, nice wheat flavor, low bitterness, and enough spicy phenols to add some real character. Alcohol taste is nearly completely hidden, but it is warming in the finish. Very deceptively strong. Full bodied with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

Most of my favorite beers are of ordinary strength, but every now and then I'll find a big beer of such complexity and flavor that I can't deny it its rightful place. This is such a beer. Absolutely wonderful!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown, little to no head and some sediment at the bottom. Nasty junk at the bottom of a snifter, doesn't look very appealing at first sight. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, some light hops.

Taste is sweet and juicy, dark caramelized malts with a hint of sourness. Lots of barleywine flavors: raisin, plum, burnt sugar, mash that's been sitting out a little too long. Alcohol elements aren't real apparent, though.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick and chewy. A mild carbonation bite keeps it from being syrupy. Flavors aren't as sharp as others have described in this beer (different bottle/label as shown in the pic), I have a suspicion that this sample may be a little old. Tastes like a waste of a perfectly perfect Aventinus, if you ask me…

Bottle number "2004 / 06223"

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Photo of Vancer
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WTF is up with this one? Excellent Eisbock – thank you bottle number 043924 in 2005!! An easy pour produced a clear amber brown chalice with a massive ivory tan head that laced my glass. Swirl this one and the aroma will come alive with fruits, orange, clove and malts, which also came through in the tastes – along with grains and intense apricots. Extremely full bodied and chewy, the 12% would drop your ass if you quaff in a hurry. Makes a perfect sipping drink after dinner, just like one would do with a fine brandy. I’m addicted, put some in the cellar and enjoy! Most unforgettable brew to-date.

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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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