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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Pdu8s
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a good looking beer. A nice amber-yellow color that forms a stable, thick white head

S- Smells citrusy, with hints of caramel coming through

T- Banana is the most prevalent taste, although it starts off a bit citrusy. alcohol taste not overwhelming

M- very smooth and pleasant to swallow. Not harsh on the mouth at all

O- This a good beer. Although not a fan of banana taste in general, I can see how this beer would have much appeal with others. It scores well in other categories.

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

This bottle was shared with zep9865 during our mini tasting before DLD. This beer pours a murky raisin brown with a beige head that laces the glass. I've had this one before but never reviewed it. This smells super, and syrupy sweet. It wreaks of sweet dark malts, raisins, figs, and light yeast. The nose is even a little sweet for me. This beer is very yeasty and very heavy on the raisins. Wow is it sweet. It's hard to even rate to style when a beer is this sweet. It's borderline cloying. It drinks medium in body but the sweetness prevails above all other aspects. Does this beer taste good? Yes, but in small quantities. The alcohol content doesn't even matter to me because this is super malty (and understandably so) and super fruity. I just can't get past the sweetness. It's a nice style to try but this beer specifically just isn't for me.

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Photo of EPseja
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA akeeper (my sis) for hooking me up with this one.

Served from a 12 oz bottle (number 044454) in a Duvel tulip at just below cellar temperature.

A - Cloudy, dark chestnut in color with a noisy, one-finger, cocoa colored head that shrinks rapidly into absolute nothingness - and silence. Mmm... that's about it. Even the etching at the bottom of the Duvel tulip can't raise even a whisper of head. When swirled vigorously, a gossamer appears like a materializing spirit, but is gone just as fast. No lacing at all. A tear rolls down my cheek. Sad.

S - Huge, sweet raisins and tawny port wine. Easily noticeable alcohol at cooler temperatures. Dark date bread. Molasses. Over-ripe bananas. If I didn't know better I'd think I was about to have a Quadrupel. Nice, but agressive and concentrated.

T - Very candy-sweet with a big punch of molasses and tawny port. The wheaty yeastiness makes a cameo in the middle, but is soon upstaged by the big alcohol that leaves a trail of embers all the way down the throat. Finish is yeasty and sweet, but hot. As the beer warms, however, the alcohol burn subsides significantly. Drinking at warmer temperatures is a must! Alcohol aside, this is a very tasty beer!

M - So nice going in - slick and substantial with a little tingle for the tongue. The looming alcohol, however, lacks any subtelty until the temperature nears 65 degrees. Unfortunately, by the time the beer rises to room temperature, it winds up being a smidge flat. Perhaps it's best to let the beer warm before popping the cap.

D - This beer curiously hangs somewhere in the limbo between a fortified dessert wine and a big beer. It definitely needs to be enjoyed as a nightcap like a glass of port wine or perhaps a cordial. If not, might I suggest the excellent Aventinus Weizenbock instead?

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dar, clougy brown with very small beige head. Aroma of wheat, chocolate, plum, raisin and alcohol. Stronger fruit and alcohol taste than regular Aventinus. Tastes of raisin, plum and blackberry. Nice warm alcohol presence.

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

Appearance- poured a very dark reddish brown color with a very small head that didn't last very long

Smell-the aroma was very malty, with a heavy carmel aroma and many others that blended into a very inviting complex aroma

Taste-the flavour was sweet with a slight alcohol bite in the finish

Mouthfeel-had a heavy body that was well liked

Drinkability-I would definitely have another one, however due to high ABV I would limit it to only 1 per night

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Photo of dmgeng
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been reading about eisbocks and finally got to try one.

A - Dingy brown color, almost like dirty river water. Very cloudy with yeast sediment in the bottle. Almost no head even with a vigorous poor. Not an ascetically pleasing beer at all.

S - Tons of scents coming off of this one with caramel, malt, clove, alcohol, and some banana. It's complex and diverse but I feel the alcohol burns my nostrils more than any other smells come to.

T - Basically as it smells with lots of flavor but the alcohol and the phenolic clove character are amplified, no doubt by the freeze distillation process. The secondary flavors are complex and full with bready, caramel, malt, vanilla, and banana. The sweetness was completely unbalanced without any bitterness. I tasted this at around 60 degrees which may have been the downfall since this really accentuated the alcohol burn.

M - Huge mouth-feel and without more carbonation the sweetness and alcohol burn just stick to your palate.

Overall, this could be a prime example of the style but I just don't prefer it. The thick, sweet, alcoholic character of this beer really did me no favors other than getting me tipsy after just one at 12.5% ABV. If you like to feel the burn or are just too curious you might want to give this one a try but in the end I won't be trying this again for quite some time.

Glass- Chimay branded chalice

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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 xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a dark brown with some slight reddish and almost purple hues. A thin head fades out completely with a small collar of film around the beer.

An interesting nose filled with some very dark fruit tones including raisins, cherries, and an almost slightly tart note. There's also a flair of alcohol which reminds me of red wine.

An immediate rush of richer dark fruit up front. Roasted dark malts with raisin, dates, and cherry notes throughout. Candied sugar sweetness with a hint of molasses. A punch of boozy warmth with a slight tart tinge towards the finish with some bitterness.

Slightly thinner body, lower carbonation, a little sticky and dry. Drinks pretty well, although there's a somewhat off putting astringency which is almost tart. It wasn't an infection, but just something that I wasn't really into.

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Photo of winomark
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel with a very vigorous, thick light tan head. Sweet candy and caramel tones on the nose. Rich wheat also noticable. Lots of tropical esters, dark wheat, and candy tones dominate the palate. Very thick and concentrated flavors on the palate. Thick and coating mouthfeel. Almost syruplike texture. An intersting version of a world-class beer. Always worth a try, but definately not an everyday brew.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown opaque brew that pours with a creamy 1.5 finger head which seemingly lives forever. A tiny ring of lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas and a touch of phenols. Alcohol leaks through as it warms - a whole lot near room temp.

T - At first abv is undetectable, but it really sticks out later. A malty thick wheat character with a touch of bananas and allspice. A mild malty bitterness that makes for a smooth finish.

M - Extremely thick, chewy even, froths in the mouth nicely, only moderately refreshing though.

D - Rather good. Dangerous drinkable for a 12%'er. Honestly though, I will probably never have this beer again. Aventinus is vastly superior to its own eisbock counterpart. The alchol just kills the beer here. For the same price, I can drink MORE Aventinus and get drunk less quickly. An excellent beer, but with a better cousin.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Novare as part of my up rising.

Serves in a Aventinus glass. The beer is cloudy amber with a dense off white/ tan head.

the nose is interesting, it has been a while sence I've had an Eisbock. I get a light fruitiness, more like fresh grapes than anything. The malt is prominant but not overwhelming.

the taste is a slight banana with other tropical fruits. The malt is there but there is also a noticible roastiness. There is a good amount of esters and alcohol.

Overall as I remeber the style very interesting but not for me.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock. 12% ABV. I'm surprised by how much carbonation I hear.

A: About half a finger of head, which fades quickly. Very deep, dingy water brown. Dull yellow in the dimple, with ONE grey fleck.

S: Smells very malty! Rich, caramelized (almost burnt, but not quite) sap. Almost raisin-y.

T/MF: Wow! I was expecting it to be quite boozy, but it's not. Like, at all. More rich tree sap on the palate. Very sweet. Not in a sugary way, but in that deep caramelized malt sort of way. Has a sort of tamarind quality to the flavor, as well.

If I wanted something strong, I'd sooner go for Samichlaus, but this is quite easy to drink. I certainly would not guess this to be wheat-based, though.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From Leura. Bottled 2013.

A - cola black with reddish hues. One finger head fizzes and dies unpleasantly. No lace at all.

S - brown sugar, alcoholic.

T - more brown sugar as a sweet bomb. Stewed caramels and toffees, figs, prunes, hint banana, all too sweet and little balance.

M - medium weight, lightly but spritizily carbonated. Alcohol burn.

O - my first of style and I am unsure. All too sweet and alcoholic reminds me more of hooch than beer. Better as it warms as the sweetness aligns closer to barley wine style.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting an Aventinus on steroids, but got something else. It pours a deep rich brown with ruby highlights. A beige head fizzles up and dissapears in a matter of seconds. Zero lace and only the faintest ring left in my glass. The head fizzles so loudly you can hear it from several feet away, like a shaken can of soda. I even use the appropriate Aventinus bulb-topped glass, which usually promotes a health and staying head.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with lots of caramel and scorched brown sugar. Though it shows none of the sweet spice and fresh banana bread nuances that regular Aventinus has. Alcohol is prominant.

Flavor is a bit better, though still rather one-dimensional. Chewy malt with very little wheat character. A faint whisper of the raisin and spice that makes me love the regular version. Alcohol is hot and almost biting too, limiting drinkability.

Body is medium, definately not dense enough for the carry the flavor well. Vigorous carbonation keeps the belches coming. Worth trying, but I'll take the regular version any day.

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Photo of ALEBOY
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a lovely, massive tan head with a rich brown cloudy beer underneath. Nice aroma of cloves, raisin and banana. Flavour was of slight plum and banana and banana and banana. Way too much banana! I love the original Aventinus but the banana flavour in this was far too overpowering! I will try another bottle or two this week to see if I can prove myself wrong.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a cloudy dark ruby with a thin, beige collar of a head.

Smell: The smell is of toasted malts, bread, sweet notes, alcohol and a large wheat character.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is an incredible spicy alcohol flavor, that is balanced (only slightly) by a bready, toasted malt flavor. The wheat is obvious, and tastes well enough, but doesn't contribute enough to the overall character of the beer. The mouthfeel is fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: While not being my favorite Eisbock, this is a unique and interesting intepretation of the style. The addition of wheat is enjoyable, but as beneficial as I had hoped. But still, it's a quality beer and a good choice.

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Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this beer numerous times over the past three years.

On the nose the eisbock reminded me a little of trois pistoles, and some of the other high alcohol Belgian Strong Dark Ales, with a deep ripe fruitiness, deep spiciness and alcohol warmth wafting upwards. The aroma is simply bursting with flavour as soon as the cap is removed, although the alcohol is certainly a detracting factor in this case. The body is deep burgundy, and it sits under a frothy off-white head, whose retention seems to depend merely on the type of glass used - excellent in a Duvel tulip and non-existent in a weizen glass. Again, good lace in the tulip, and poor in the weizen glass (hint: use a tulip!).

The flavour is very intense and fruity (plum, damson, currant), with a sweet spiciness and a huge warming finish. Peppery alcohol strong arms its way past everything else and hits pretty early. It only takes a few sips to tell this is a big beer. There's a lot of good stuff going on, but the booziness is overpowering everything, and ultimately drags the beer down. Thick, almost syrupy, mouth feel, but with an aggressive carbonation that alleviates the weight and explodes flavour on the taste buds.

A nicely souped-up version of the regular Aventinus, but I really don't think its as well-rounded as the regular Weisse or Aventinus. Its a lot more intense in flavour, but becomes boozy to quickly and seems too brash and rough in comparison to its lighter brethren, and more refined eisbocks like Kulmbacher's.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks sorta dark cherry dark brown black with low head, a half cap is staying, but hey this is 12% the head has alot to fight against.
The aroma is pretty sweet, as is nice and sugar dipped fruits. Black Currants, Black Cherrys, Wheat and faint bananas, pretty deep all around, no alcohol showing at all so far.
The flavors are all sorts of dark fruits, and errs on the sweet side once again, but stops a bit short of cloying. Still cannot believe this is 12%, it is no where.

A really good bottle, i will plan on getting a few to drink and some to age, and see what happens, i don't need any heat to mellow, but just want to see what will happen and these are cheap, should be fun.

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Photo of aleigator
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Nut brown color, with a decent white head, leaving no lacing.

Aromas of hazelnut, banana, malt, plums, not as intense as the Aventinus.

Malt driven, supported by yeast and banana flavor, with a lot of spicy cloves and alcohol, enwrapped by sugar. Alcohol becomes too present for my taste as the malt sweetness begins to vanish, gets supported only by sugar. Beer turns from very sweet to sharp bitter in a split-second, due to the alcohol. Carbonation is fine, supporting the body of the beer. Oily, honeyed mouthfeel. This may just be a little too extreme for my taste, I dont find many nuances in this beer, as my tongue seems to get numb by the obvious alcohol. First impression is surprisingly refreshing, medium-bodied, fruity and warm. Then my palate gets hammered by lots of sugar, followed by alcohol and alcoholic bitterness, which warms my belly. Although I dont love it, I have to admit that the beer by itself is somehow convincing. Its something you should take your time with, to adjust to the taste and furthermore the goal of the beer. As this is the first warm week of Spring in this year, I find it hard to imagine the streets around my room covered in snow. But I think thats when you should drink this, to warm yourself up. When it is very, very cold. And you don’t mind a sugar rush, followed by an alcohol overdose, because it fits to the overall situation. This is a special beer for special ocasions, you shouldn’t drink it as an every day beer. Get ready for it, and try to enjoy.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The reddish brown body was clouded with oodles of yeast. The initial fizz of carbonation was cola like, and the resulting head did not last. The latent carbonation was soft and steady. The aroma was mostly alcohol with some red cherries thrown in the mix. The wheat based origin of the beer was not quite evident on the nose, as there was nary a hint of banana. The taste was again quite different than the unfrozen Aventinus, with the front and center flavor being peppery spiciness. The fruitiness showed up in the form of rum raisins, licorice, and plum. There was some evidence of oxidized character in the form of tobacco juice like bitterness. The hops only provided an aromatic floral background with minimal bitterness. This beer is much closer to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, than a Weizenbock that it started as. The alcohol is more concentrated than the non frozen version and it does not hide quite as well. Very warming and spicy, but a bit harsh. As a result, the drinability takes a hit.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Why is it that I love Kulmbacher so much, but can't find another Eisbock that is even palatable??

This is a great brew up front - malty, caramelly (don't think that's a word, but oh well), some raisins, prunes, dried other various fruits, etc. But once the beer rolls to the back of your throat, the alcohol just burns the entire way down. It burns, it burns, it burns. it is like beer with a grain alcohol residue. Que horrible!

Was definitely worse when it was cold, but even as it warmed up the alcohol was just too much (I felt this about the EKU as well). Too bad.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the regular aventinus, the eisbock version is very good; it suryp-like, medicinal, and slightly burnt (at least this sample). I aroma is rich with concentrated malt and alchol, with hints of chocolate. the flavor is thick and full of carmelized malt with a burnt chocolate flavor that warms as it goes down.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark brown with good opacity due to the haziness of the yeast. Huge yeast particles settle on the bottom of the glass. This features really impressive head retention for 12% - I poured it about 4 minutes ago and there's still a solid off-white colored film left on top.

S: The first thing I notice is huge dark fruit sweetness, along with lighter fruit esters and even some faded hops. After a while, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate will enter the picture. There's a noticeable oxidation to the aroma, giving it both a stronger fruit vibe along with an underlying soy note to it. The alcohol presence is mercurial; it's about what I expected.

T: Flavors start off with a lot of ripe cherries and wheat malt. Afterwards, it shows hints of soy sauce (in a mild, pleasing fashion), chocolate, ripe pear, and apple. Not quite as deep, or even as intensely flavored as I expected. Once it warms up, it becomes more and more boozy without really contributing much complexity, and after a while becomes even sweeter; though it also becomes spicier in the finish as well. So yeah, this does have a bit of complexity and depth to it. Warts and all, this is a hell of an experience - and honest to God, it's enjoyable.

M: At the first sip, it's just about the silkiest damn thing I've ever put in my mouth. After a while, it becomes a bit more astringent and even boozy. Combined with the carbonation, it features that subtle 'airy sponge cake' quality to the texture. While it's hard for me to taste the alcohol, it's very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.

O: Fresh, I'm sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but it's done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously can't imagine how boozy this would be with only a month or two of age on it. The warmer it gets, the harsher it gets - and the less I want to drink it. Worth a try, but drink cold!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first eisbock, not sure if i'm ready for it. here goes.

Quite a beautiful looking brew. Deep deep amber in color, almost purple like with no visibility through the liquid. Surprisingly, a rather large head forms of an off white color. Dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Smells like a typical weizen bock but with a bit of alcohol present. Clove banana bread and bubble gum are all there along with some dark fruit bowl scents.

Wow surprisingly beer like in quality. High carbonation. Thought the freezing of the water out wouldve made this taste less beer like but it really just tastes like schneider aventinus on crack. Big dark fruit and clove presence with a big banana finish. Overall spicy from start to finish with hidden phenolics and a touch of booze. Overall though pretty awesome. I think i like this more than the standard aventinus. Drinks more like a strong belgian dark ale than anything. I'm impressed with this beer making method and it's tastiness. 12% alcohol? Maybe, but i'll drink it like its 5%.

very spicy, just a warning. (not hot, clove spice)

tastes like a huge weizen bock, not bad.

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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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