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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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

Picked this up, based on the recommendations of the authors of The Naked Pint. So glad I tried it, outstanding beer. Smooth, warm and intense all at the same time. Appearance: dark brown, reddish, very little head or lacing. Feel: almost syrupy and thick, maybe slightly viscous but the alcohol taste pushes through so it's not overly sickly sweet. Taste: cloves, bananas, malt, dark fruits, definitely can taste the alcohol but not in an obnoxious way. Smell: bananas, cloves, dark fruit. Drinkability: I probably wouldn't want more than one of these in a setting, due to the high alcohol content but I'll definitely have an occasional one for a special treat.

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

A: Dark red with a little brown. Little head, no lacing at all.

S: Mmm, best of both worlds. Fruity like a weizen, malty and bready like a bock. Some raisin and banana.

T: Tremendous complexity from an intriguing crossover style. Strong but balanced with lots of malt in the middle and a fruity finish. If I took this blind I'd call it a dark, strong weizen, not really a bock so much.

M: Finishes awesome, with great fruit lingering on the palate. Refreshing yet powerful.

O: Very rich and complex. Never had a beer like this and I like what they did here. More a weizen than a bock to be sure, but elements enough of both styles to be worth trying.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark burnt amber color with a thick fizzy off white head. A fair amount of sediment stuck at the bottom of the bottle, which is pretty tough to pull up and adds a light brown haze cloud to the glass. Smells very malty and grassy with a fruity alcohol aroma. Taste is great. Malty like a wheat beer and malty like a bock. A sharp oily sting covers my pallet. Cheers.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 2008. Drank in May 2010. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a deep, hazy brown with amber highlights. Voluminous taupe head that dies down to only a hint of a collar (of course head retention is going to be a challenge with a beer like this, so I'm not going to fault it for that).

S: Quite aromatic and unique. Malty with a sort of fruity sweetness underlying wheat tanginess. Vinous and concentrated. Dark fruits. Light alcohol hints, with a prune-like sweetness accompanied by light clove and raisin bread aromas.

T: Big vinous characteristics. The alcohol hinted at on the nose is certainly apparent in the mouth, and dark red fruits emerge from under the alcohol on the midpalate. Though the malts are sweet, they're not overly so at all, with the wheat notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol balancing the malts well and preventing them from seeming overly sweet. Finishes lightly tart, with an aftertaste of fresh grapeskins, rumcake, and a light toastiness.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high. Though concentrated, it's not overly sweet at all, and the flavor profile just doesn't get old. Even at 12%, the alcohol isn't too sharp.

Overall, this brew is a classic and is wonderful, heavenly, outstanding, etc. If you can age a few bottles - do it; I've had this at 4 yrs and it was noticabley better.

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Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay Goblet, 2009 - 22177

Appearance - Poured a dark ruby colour with lots and lots of floaters settling at the bottle, no lacing and head was fizzy and off-white with almost no retention.

Smell - Mostly bananas and plums, I can detect some caramel coming through faintly

Taste - Very warm and boozy with lots of esters, bananas, cloves, and plum comes out here with a hint of cake

Mouthfeel - Viscous and fully bodied

Drinkability - A sipper of the barleywine variety

Overall - Once again, Aventinus is the true king of beers

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a relatively clear russet brown with a fizzy light head, poor retention.

S: Dark wheat, malt, cloves, light ethanol, fragrant.

T: Robust, full malt flavour with notes of cloves and light bananas. Dark raisins and oloroso sherry hints as well. Take Aventinus and make it bigger, like a fortified Aventinus which this is basically a de facto version of. Ethanol is present but melds seamlessly with the other flavours.

M: Full-bodied, moderately viscous, warming ethanol finish.

D: A contemplative effort for sipping, the flavour is very good and well worth the price for fans of Aventinus.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light penetration. Very thin head and not really any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet malt, and some definite alcohol, which is to be expected.

T: Fairly intense. Loads of sweet malt and alcohol with a good dosing of dark fruits and cherries in the background.

M: Medium body with a nice heat to it.

D: Considering what this is, it ends up being a very nice sipper.

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Photo of TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, amber body with a dense, off-white head.

S- Banana bread, raisins, molasses, caramel and toffee; not much of an alcohol aroma.

T- Bit of clove spice up front followed by lots of sweet flavors like molasses and toffee, some phenols are present as is a slight alcohol presence. Very complex overall; hops try to come though, but aren't too noticeable.

M- Thick, syrupy feel with a nice carbonation towards the finish.

D- Really complex beer; I read that this is just a higher ABV version of Aventinus weizenbock, but I must say I don't agree. The complexity is awesome; making for a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 2009 batch. Pours a dark amber that becomes a darker, hazy garnet color in the glass. Very fizzy and volatile; no head. Very nice aroma with notes of banana, esters, ripe, juicy fruit, and alcohol.

Flavor is good, though not spectacular. Syrupy sweetness and alcohol make this a veritable distilled wheat beer, but there're a lot of rich, malty and fruity flavors that make things interesting: caramel, toffee pudding, banana, grape, and apple. Insanely warming. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and syrupy slick. Medium-high carbonation makes things a tad fizzy. Drinkability is decent, but there's no avoiding the heat of this 12 percent behemoth.

This might be a nice nightcap and good example of the style (actually a Weizen-Eisbock, not a lager Eisbock), but I think I'd rather drink normal Aventinus.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with a thin finger of tan foam. It definitely looks like it means business.

Smell: rich, fruity, chalky aroma. Fruits are sweet and dark, but fresh: plums, pears, cherries. They are bound together in a chalky medium that I find quite compelling. Alcohol is surprisingly sparse here. Superb.

Taste: very similar to the aroma. Some deeper flavors appear as well, such as raisins and prunes. Alcohol warmth becomes present, but it doesn't interfere with the smooth and complex yet somewhat light flavors. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, heavy body with a nice level of carbonation that makes this creamy and smooth. Really pleasing.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable, especially considering its monstrous 12% ABV. I am really enjoying this one.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= my first dabble with the eisbock style. I'm a little skeptical. The pour reveils a super hazy brown color. It looked super milky then it was coming out of the bottle. I figured the freeze distillation would make it much more translucant but I guess I'm way off base. The head is an off white color that rises to a perfect looking two fingers and holds some decent retention but not as well as I would expect from wheat. The lacing is pretty decent as well.

S= Really quite bubblegummy. Decent wheat aroma. The wheat is a little citrusy and zippy. There's some really nice maltyness to it. Good and sweet smelling. No alcohol is detected in the nose which I'm really suprised by. I thought this was gonna be a hot mess but so far it's suprising me.

T= The taste reminds me a lot of the regular Aventinus. There is a little bubblegum and a good wheat flavor to it. The wheat sort of mellows everything out and the sweet malts are excellent. That being said the alcohol I was so curious about doesn't come through in the taste. The feel going down my throat is hot however. The warmth in my belly lets me know this is a lot heavier in the booze also.

M= Pretty good. I think this is the only part of this beer that was lessened by the distillation. The feel is sort of thin and a little light.

D= A tasty brew for me and you. This is a decent beer by all means. The alcohol makes itself evident in the belly however. I may toss a few of these away to see what it does but it's by no means bad.

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

A: Hazy brownish yellow; thin foamy head that dissipates to a slight film; okay lacing

S: Subtle banana and cloves; grainy and earthy; wet grains with something funky but interesting--spearmint? So layered and complex; alcohol sits pleasantly at the back of the nostril stinging it a bit

T: Grainy with high alcohol presence; earthy/straw quality; cloves and bananas are prevalent too

F: Good even coat--a bit creamy

D: Strong- this is a sipper but a very good beer nonetheless

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Photo of kwjd
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick off-white head. Smells of cherries and heavy malt sweetness. I can notice some of the alcohol in the taste, but not too much. For 12% abv, this hides the alcohol ridiculously well. It tastes of cherries and brown sugar, with the sweet malt. It is quite smooth and easy to drink, which could be dangerous at this abv.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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 sk8man121
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Very nice looking beer - looks almost like coca-cola when held up to the light. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a very thin head that recedes to the perimeter of the glass.

S: Black cherry, roasted malts, sucrose and alcohol. There is also some lite spice and vanilla. Smells like a barleywine...

T: ...which makes sense since it tastes much like a barleywine. Very sweet but not cloyingly, there is barely any hop profile to this beer at all. Taste is an extension of the smell, with black cherry being the dominant flavor.

M: Highly carbonated, and for good reason; any less carbonation and this would be like drinking syrup.

D: Although the genesis of this beer is labeled as "mistake," that's hard to believe considering how well put together this beer is. Everything works in harmony, making this a joy to drink.

Seek out and buy a case.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured rather dark brown with a creamy, beige head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits along with some hints of bananas and alcohol.
T: The flavors of the complex taste follow the smell and the flavors definitely seem stronger and more like an intensified version of Aventinus. A slight taste of alcohol is perceptible, but doesn't stand out and detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick yet still is smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol content is rather well hidden so this beer is relatively easy to drink but is better to be sipped.

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Photo of BobZ
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, thick & rich appearance, again a very nice caramel head.

Smell: Again incredibly deep & malty, amplified Aventinus.

Taste: Near perfection in a wheat beer, again, simply excellent, the mother of all wheat beers. If you like Aventinus Weizenbock, this is even better.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, too smooth on the palate for the ABV.

Drinkability: Again too drinkable, so smooth and the alcohol is so well masked, for 12 to 13% ABV this beer goes down way too easy.

One of my all time favorite beers, this is to wheat beer what Westy is to Belgians, a world class beer all the way around.

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

I removed the bottle cap too quickly-- and the bottle conditioned beer sprang alive bursting forth hoping to put on it's own volcanic display. And this bottle has been sitting still for a week.

Pours a hazy red-amber with a short lived head... The decaying head emitted the sound of bursting bubbles as it sank from whence it came.

No lacing on my glass.

A small nose of sweet malt and predominant yeast with a hair of alcohol.

The flavor was what made this beer worth the while. A strong hops and yeast intertwined with the sweet of malt. It was like barber pole spiral-- at one moment I'd say hops, then at another yeast of some sort, then at another malt. Over all the flavor is a robust up front and center- that captures one's attention.

A long finish that ends with a bitter hops note and tingles the palate.

Mouthfeel is "alive" the effervescence and the lingering reverberant flavor make for an engaging taste experience.

Drinkability is in my opinion hampered by the high ABV, but to be expected from an EISBOCK. If you're not expecting to get much done after the sitting-- enjoy a few bottles. I'm going to hunt for a few more of this delectable libation.

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Photo of niklas0770
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very promising I must say. It's a dark brown liquid with some red tones in it, very hazy of course. The head quickly fades to leave next to nothing on top.

The smell is sweet with some roasted malts, butter, a hint of cherry, hints of wet grass and some alcohol.

It starst off with a dry kind of sweetness wich evolves into cherry and raisins. Then comes a hint of sourness, green apples perhaps... After that there's some lime peel, wet grass and quite a bit of alcohol. Except for the alcohol it's a excelent mix wich i didn't expect.

The mouthfeel is creamy in the beggining, almost like must and it ends with a dry aftertaste. The alcohol is present through the whole experience.

This is a hearty beer and the alcohol is a bit to much for my taste. It will take me a while to finish this one...

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Photo of sfprint
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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 ShadesOfGray
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 danadeny
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a rare gravity keg, aged, verison of this beer at Maxs in Baltimore. It pours a hazy, thick, light chocolate brown body and off white creamy head. Smells of bananas, and sour funk mostly. Tastes of mild malt at first, followed by sweet banana, and a mellow hint of alcohol. The real flavor comes at the end where the sour funk and acidity hit you taste buds instead of hopps. The funk is not bad though, think of a mild lambic or farmhouse sasion. This of it this way, the beer still has balance, close to perfect balance when you concider the alcohol and sour funk flavors goin on. Mouthfeel is smooth from the natural cask. Drinkability is average for a beer of this style. This is a pint or two type of beer, not an all night'er.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2OZ bottle into a chalice

Beer pours a dark copper color, some beige head that didn't linger for very long, bits of sediment float around in this one as well.

Smell is a pleasure, smells like red wine, raisins, plums, grapes and jamaican rum

taste - somewhat mimics the smell, rich dark fruits such as plums and raisins dominate as well as brown sugar

Mouthfeel is excellent, nicely carbonated beverage, thick and hearty, I just want to sip and enjoy this one

Drinkability - at 12%, not going to throw back 5 or six of these (plus too expensive for that anyways), but this one that i'm sitting back and enjoying is truly a pleasure, you wouldn't know that this beer checks in at 12%ABV

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Photo of dqrull
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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 srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small tight bubbled tan head leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Rich and deep. Cooked dark fruits, BOOZY as all get out, rich malt. A little banana and cotton candy there too.

T - Tropical fruits, rum all over a deep layer of sweet malt, followed by a nice bitter end.

M - Creamy, well carbed, near perfect balance. Thick and heavy body.

D - Are you kidding? Palate and liver killer. One is nice, though.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,669 ratings