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

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
2,641 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

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

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Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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 kirkpjr
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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 rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Beer Run. $4.99.

Appearance: A nice dark brown that becomes bright red when held to the light. Mostly clear. A light brown head that disappears quickly leaving a little rim and some spots on the surface. When you take a sip, a curtain of lace forms, but the thick legs pull it back into the beer.

Smell: Clove, a little banana, dark fruit. Bready. No detectable ethanol, but a little whiff of solventy fusels. A little earthy, musty sourness is noted too.

Taste: Thick with sweet maltiness. Lots of clove here. Fruity again with dark fruit, but less banana. Ethanol is tasted some, as are some fusels, but not too much. No hops flavor or bitterness, but alcohol does give a little bite. Finish is long, sweet, bready, and fruity. My stomach is hot with booze.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky. A lot of carbonation. Makes me say, wow thats a lot of carbonation. Not too much though.

Drinkability: Really interesting. Pretty complex flavors and smell. Hot though-- the boozy, solventy aspects get to be a little much. A good one to share--12%. I'm going to cellar one.

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Photo of breakchair
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Nice head on this one with strong aroma of raisins and alcohol. Mouthfeel is really great--it's thick like a cough syrup, in a good way. Great winey aftertaste, too. Doesn't have the spice and clove flavors of Schneider Aventinus, but it tastes like a condensed version of that beer. Thick and glorious.

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Photo of rarbring
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown brew with a persistent beige head leaving some lacing and a curtain.

The smell is ripe with sweet dried fruits, cheese, sour creme, sherry, port and dusty old wet hay. Yummy complexity!

The taste is equally complex as the smell, sweet malty beginning. A dry course feeling of ripe cheese. Licorice, burning spices, bitter cherry seeds and yeast.

Rather well carbonated, an oily and spirited feeling with a dry aftertaste.

This beer contains so much that it needs to be savored by it's own.

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Photo of Long813
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 09.180 1 2920
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark cloudy redish/brown body. Huge initial light mocha head, but it's so carbonated (much like soda) I hear the bubbles pop and the head dissipates into a ring around the glass within minutes. Good lacing is left behind though.

S: Sweet dark fruits, yeast and notably plums. Very pleasant smell, nothing overpowering and not alcohol notes.

T: Much like the aromas, but plumbs and yeast are the most dominant here. That dark plum sweetness and yeast funk make this great. Sweet malts are also evident.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with high carbonation. Makes for a very foamy texture and leaves a sweet fruitiness after each drink. It so carbonated it reminds me of a soda. Not that it's a bad thing though.

D: This is fantastic. The mixture of flavours are well balanced. I could drink this plenty of times. Tastes like the non eis version but with more pronounced flavours and hotter.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the proper Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hue. Thick light tan head.

S: Alcohol, spices, clove.

T: Rich malty flavor. Clove and banana. Dark fruits, rum, very spicy finish.

M: Full bodied, not as syrupy as I expected.

D: A very interesting brew. Very concentrated and bold flavors.

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Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Leffe goblet, got a very thick and bubbling light tan head, which seemed to bubble away as if it were in a cauldron. Retention was good and I was left with a thick sticky lacing. The body itself was a very dark and murky burgandy with some very thick sediment lurking down the bottom.

The scent was very sweet malt, like ripe and dried dark fruits mixed together. There was also a definite phenolic character, more on the clove side of things along with just a plain wheat grain goodness.

Taste was dominated at first by sweetness, like dried plums and raisins. Other malt flavours followed though, toffee, caramel, rum etc. A tannin tartness at the back balanced things out along with clove spiciness and a wheat graininess. There is a very faint hops bitterness but it only makes a cameo. As it starts to warm down a smooth wild honey flavour becomes noticeable.

Very fullbodied drink, thick and syrupy. Decent carbonation which was noticeable when I thought about it, but it blended in with the spicness otherwise. Definite alcohol warming, but no alcohol burn.

For a strong and potent beer this was very drinkable. A very enjoyable sipping beer overall, I'm looking forward to exploring the style of Eisbock after this one. My only complaint was that it was a little too sweet for me, almost cloying to my palate. I thought it exhibited some very complex flavours but after a while the sweetness was just overloading my buds.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (2009 10410) poured into a Hefeweizen glass. Could not get all the sediment in.

Appearance: Just like Aventinus - hazy rich red-brown color. Persistent foam across the top about 1/8" thick. Plenty of carbonation bubbling up through the glass.

Smell: Cloves, Vanilla - but sweeter. Some faint alcohol notes at the end of the inhale.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet but balanced with the spiciness of the cloves. Rich in spicy flavors but a sweetness dominates - syrupy but not cloying. Towards the end of the swallow the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue - but that spiciness is there again...makes me wonder if the tingling is the beer or the carbonation. Thick, but goes down smooth, and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Best with a meal - the alcohol gets noticeable after awhile, but it doesn't hurt this sipping beer. I think it like the original better, but this was an enjoyable brew. I do wonder how this beer would have been if I had gotten more of the sediment in, but if the whole purpose of this beer is the fact that it's frozen off the original, then maybe having the sediment out is best.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a dark brown color with a fizzy one finger tan head. The head settled out pretty fast and formed a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Didn't leave much lacing as I drank it.

The smell is malty and sweet with a lot of dark fruit aromas. There are notes of sweet raisins, plums and cloves with a little banana as well. The taste has a lot of the same flavors present in the nose with dark fruit, an almost candy sweetness, cloves and banana. It also has a little alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious but the alcohol is noticeable making it a little less drinkable. Overall a very good tasting and smelling beer. It could have had a little better head retention and a little less carbonation in my opinion, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep ruby/brown, slightly cloudy with a nice head that hung out for a while, yet left little lacing

Smell: Cloves, and dark fruit - raisins & prunes

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol bite, cloves, and other spices. Finish: Banana, raisin, clove, caramel, sweet malt - very complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and smooth. This is 12% abv??? I never would have guessed. Having said that, the carbonation is also higher than expected, but still on point

Drinkability: I am savoring every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This beer is essentially a concentrated version of Aventinus Weizenbock. The flavor is intense and the incredible finish just keep going and transforming. Seriously, I did not think it could get any better than their Weizenbock, but I stand corrected. Hey, sometimes it feels good to be wrong ;)

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Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, 2007 vintage.

Purchased in 2007, left to mellow at room temperature for 3 years.

Pours a very deep brown color, completely opaque, with a strong medium sized brown head. (I'll probably use the word strong quite a few more times during this review.) A very tight nose at first of concentrated malt sweetness slowly opens up to reveal strong notes of rich raison/prune fruits, alcohol and some clovey spice. Not even the slightest 'off' aromatic or flavor component from the age, not even much in the way of oxidation actually. Flavors of nutty dark bread, raison, plum, banana, cinnamon sugar and tobacco, pretty high complexity here. You are reminded instantly of the high ABV, very warming and well, strong. Excellent stuff however, extremely well made and pretty drinkable for its size. Worth trying, especially with some age on it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage that I picked up at Julio's a couple of years back. Bottle # 01458.

The pour is a deep crimson with great clarity. A big light brown head is formed before receding to a ring rather quick, leaving no lace in my snifter. I love the color.

The nose is pretty awesome. Age seems to have toned down the big aromas from the base beer with the banana and clove character giving way to a mellow oxidation with some raisins. Quite malty with a solid caramel and plum-like fruitiness, alcohol is also noticeable.

The palate opens fruity oxidation with raisins and plums followed by the flavors of the base beer, some clove followed by a mild banana. Not as complex as the nose would suggest, I'm not picking up as much of the malt complexity. The alcohol might have something to do with it as it appears mid-palate and lingers on into the finish with a noticeable heat and warming character. The noticeable alcohol also has the effect of thinning out the beer a little, making the rather big body seem smaller than it is. Carbonation is on the moderate side. With a mild sweetness and an alcoholic bite on the finish, this is decent. Drinkability? Well, I'm going to be taking my time with this.

I am really kicking myself for having missed this on cask when it showed up in the area.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle # 12888

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $5.49/bomber

Appearance: Pours a cloudy redish/brown color with yeast particles in suspension. Moderate head which fades quickly to a thin covering that lasts through out the experience.

Smell: Heavy nose of malt and banana. A nice aroma.

Taste: Intense. Sweet malt and banana come in front and center followed by a spicey alcohol aftertaste. There's more going on here than I can make out. Complex, definately.

Mouthfeel: Much creamier than I remembered in the past which was a pleasent surprise. Smooth for the 12.0 ABV.

Drinkability: Ends dry with a slight tart finish. With it's high octane it demands respect. A beer to sip and appreciate.

Personally I enjoy this version over the standard version due to the concentrated taste. Of all the qualities this is what stands out the most for me. Prost!

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another exciting find from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, Pa. After a few new world brews, it was time to go old world with a nice, classic Euro brew.

A: Hazy, with a deep reddish, caramel color with a decent head that didn't stick around for a bit and left good lacing.

S: Lovely nose with caramel, dark fruits, clove, yeast, a touch of banana, and a bit of funk/straw blending for a pleasant, wild aroma.

T: Nice dark malt flavors open things up with supporting flavors of caramel, clove, and a touch of banana. Flavors were a bit rich, but still very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: My first Eisbock and a very nice, classic German brew, exactly what I wanted. This style is definitely a close cousin of the Weizenbock, but it's a little less robust due to it being a Lager. A good spicey brew for a nice autumn/ winter day, a classic which deserves a reco.

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Photo of oceanman
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has aged a year and half.

Pours a nice mellow brown with just a trace of bubbles and foam around the rim.

On the nose, first thought is cream soda. Lots of malty sweetness, vanilla, and then virtually the entire spectrum of fruit aromas (pineapple to plum to black currant).

This beer is essentially concentrated Aventinus, and that describes the taste well. A definite suggestion of sweetness, but not cloying, even at 12% abv. A certain yeasty, earthy dimension, and a minimal hop presence.

Feels great as its soft complexity slowly builds to a definite alcoholic warmth. Hints of carbonation provide some life.

Ages as well as any barleywine and provides an excellent alternative for slow sipping.

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Photo of eat
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Medium dark-brown colour with a good covering of cream coloured head. Great retention, especially for being 12%, maintaining a good covering until it's all gone. Some lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Nice strong smell: lots of yeast, astringency, smoky malt, spices, blue cheese, alcohol, faint floral hops, maple syrup. Great complex smell. I really smell lots of blue cheese...anyone else get this? I can't decide whether I'm into the smell, it's definitely interesting.

Very complex taste. It obviously a lot like regular Aventinus but almost comes off as a concentrate (which I guess, technically, it is). Tons of spice, lots of dark malt, bread, light many random little flavours that I could never pick them all out. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. At 12%, this is unimaginably smooth. I've had 7% beers showing more alcohol. The 12% only shows in a warming feeling.

The body is just off from perfect. Thick and chewy full body with moderate carbonation.

This is a strong beer in every sense: smell, taste and ABV. So intense and delicious. I've tried this back-to-back with regular Aventinus and remember preferring the original, though this is still an awesome brew. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle (2006) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Even a vigorous, straight pour fails to elicit the formation of any kind of head. The small amount of off-white foam that does show up quickly recedes into a miniscule ring. The body is nearly black, but proves to be clear and glows a deep ruddy brown when held to direct light. As much as I'd like to see more carbonation, I wouldn't really expect anything else from a beer this old and this strong.

S: Potent, super-sweet aroma of caramelized fruit (plums, raisins, and grapes). This sweetness gives way to a deep, vinous, woodiness that ends up with strong alcohol. Robust, complex, and unlike anything I've encountered before.

T: Simply delicious array of intensely sweet malt flavors. The candied fruits from the nose come first, followed by rich toffee, smooth caramel, and a refined alcoholic fruitiness on the long finish; after that, an appealing nutty aftertaste remains. I keep waiting for it to get cloying, but it just won't. Amazing.

M: Full, sticky, syrupy consistency with no mentionable carbonation. Like the appearance, it doesn't surprise me, but it definitely doesn't impress me.

D: For an already-strong beer that's been concentrated to ridiculous strength, this is surprisingly easy to drink. I haven't had any other eisbocks to compare it to, but I think it's got to be an excellent example of the style.

Notes: I was excited when I saw a few old bottles of this on the bottom, bargain shelf at a local bottle shop. I only got one to start with, but I'll probably be going back to clean them out - this is an awesome beer.


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Photo of joshstevens87
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark copper with a huge slight off white head
S-huge sweet fruit (banana and apples)and clove with a nice yeast kick with a nice amount of alcohol
T-a huge sweet fruit a little clove and a big spicyness compared to its little brother, definately theres alot more alcohol in the background but overall this is world class definately a step above the normal aventinus but not quite as drinkable but a much bigger punch in the face flavorwise
M-very thick creamy body with a perfect amount of carbonation to compilment its spicyness this is the desert of beer
D-a very huge tasting beer, but this beer is orgasmically delicious very drinkable minus the abv which is the only deterent i personally wouldn't mind taking the risk if i was able to buy cases of it at a time i highly recommend you try it

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brownish red in color, 2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: some banana, toasted malt, caramel, and alcohol

Taste: some banana, toasted malt, caramel, apricot, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet, There is a harshness due to the high abv.

Drinkability: I like other eisbocks I have tried better. I do like the banana and lat flavor but the alcohol is a bit too harsh here for me to want another. Very boozy and complex, but just a bit much for me.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a shade or two darker than iced tea, murky with a finger or so of head building up. Quickly fizzes out and leaves a collar around the edges.

As I'm pouring, before my nose is even in the glass, banana is wafting out. Close inspection also reveals a hefty dose of cloves, a hint of anise, figs and perhaps a squeeze of pear.

Taste mirrors the nose with an added measure of cloves, a hint of plum. High level of residual sweetness, slow alcohol burn as it trickles down the throat. Almost cola like, a little medicinal dryness in the finish, pretty spicy.

A beer to be reckoned with, 500ml of 12% beer can take you for a whirl - part way through the pint you notice the warming. A nightcap for sure and with the high level of sweetness I'm not sure if I can really rate it very high on the drinkability scale. I imagine some time in the cellar would smooth this one out a bit.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Max's from a wooden, gravity fed keg sitting on the bar.

The beer pours a slightly hazy darkish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was just wild, with considerable clove, bannana, sweet fruit and even a slight sour element. This has to be one of the more complex smelling beers I've ever come across. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, with considerable richness and sweetness. This beer is very intensely flavored, and the mouthfeel is very full and rich indeed. Drinkability is OK, but the alcohol is pretty noticeable, and reminds you to take it easy and don't overdo it.

Impressive. While similar to the draft version, I just think there is all that much more going on in the cask version, especially the aroma profile. This is a good beer, but was an absolute treat to try from the gravity fed keg.

4/10/10 edit. So lucky to be here at Max's for their last gravity fed keg of this nectar. This particular keg is very fresh, and the head retention is spectacular. It's a creamy, milky looking head, looking more akin to the foam on a latte. Lacing is likewise very nice... considering this was gravity fed, I was greatly impressed by this beer's appearance. Always an excellent beer, out of gravity feed keg it's nearly mindblowing.

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Photo of decimator
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
ABV 12%

A - Poured a murky brown with bronze highlights. Big bubbly tan head. Some lacing.

S - Bananas, chocolate, caramel, spices, raisins, dried apricots, figs, yeast and alcohol. Overall the aroma is good and well balanced.

T - Similar to the aroma. Lots of caramel & candy sugar sweetness up front, followed with various fruity notes and spices but the alcohol does make it's presence felt. It reminded me of many Belgium strong ales I've had. As the beer warms the alcohol stands out even more to the point of being a bit too much.

M - Good carbonation, medium to heavy feel, sticky, and slight alcohol burn in the finish.

D - Decent. The alcohol isn't all that well hidden. After having this a second time, I like it a bit less than the first time. Not something I'll actively seek out again.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy, translucent but deep golden brown, like dark cider. Thin collar of head. Cloudiness creates hazy, deep orange highlights.

Big smell of cooking or baking bananas, like the sugars were brought right out in front (banana bread). Really rich & strong, good stuff. Other sweet malty flavors (caramel, butterscotch), slight booze, baking spices.

Taste is sweet & boozy! Malty, caramelized sugars, a barley-wine thickness & sweetness, moving into some candied fruits & a strong, rum-like alcohol presence. Is that coconut?

Mouthfeel is prickly at first, a quality of big wheat beers I'm not crazy about. Alcohol a bit sharp, but smooths out with carbonation. Sticky in aftertaste at first but then gets diluted. Definitely some heat there.

Really enjoyable but whoa! Between the sugars & the ABV, I kind of wish I'd split even this 12 oz. bottle with someone.

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Photo of Radome
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Deep brown with some red hues, but very cloudy. The head started out thick and creamy and faded to a low cap made of exceptionally small bubbles.

Smell - Wonderful! Sweet banana and unidentified spiciness with alcohol and wine-like notes.

Flavor - Incredible complexity in each sip. Banana ice cream drenched in caramel sauce, with some alcohol heat thrown in. There is some bitterness in the background, but just enough to balance and keep this from tasting too much like a pureed Bananas Foster dessert to be drinkable. Malt and dark fruit flavors come in at the back of the mouth just before you swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mouth-coating, as appropriate for this level of intensity and sweetness. The high carbonation helps cut the sweetness with a little prickly acidity, while the creaminess of the nitrogen-like bubbles complements the banana ice cream impression. Some alcohol burn, but it's hard to believe it is12% ABV.

Drinkability - Very inviting and rewarding when you sip slowly to enjoy the complexities. A testament to what can be accomplished through the brewer's art.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,641 ratings
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