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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,622
Reviews:
1,168
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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224
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324
For Trade:
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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I don't mention presentation, but 2006/19193 posted on the label is classy. So here is my review of the 19,193 bottled beer of the 2006 batch (if they started from 00001) that was poured into my snifter glass.
The appearance is probably the least appealing characteristic, w/ a somewhat thick, cola-esque pour giving it a dark brown/syrupy look (imagine bourbon w/ a couple splashes of cola). The head is minimal and quickly dies., leaving very little lace.
The smell alone atones for this, as it has a strong clove scent coupled with a sugary and slightly fruity smell, sort of like a Belgian triple.
Overall, the taste is complex with a mixture of things but I would say the malts are the predominant thing your tongue will pick up. The spices hit the tongue first mixed with some wheat sediments, then as it passed it reminded me of an acidic red wine for a second. I say that because there is a mixture of fruits in there, possibly including grapes and/or cherries. It got a tad sour and sharp and then the malts kicked up and carried it on the backbite. I would pretty much say it was coffee malts, but there were hints of chocolate and toffee.
It is a heavy body that goes down smooth and slick, a tad buttery even. There could be traces of caramel, butter or even honey in there, the way it feels on the edge of the mouth as it washes down.
If it weren't for the high ABV, this would be a session beer but I would recommend that any beer drinker, no matter your style preference, drink at least one. Due to the thickness and overall bearing of this drink, I would recommend sipping, not just tossing it back, as the preferred method of enjoyment.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown/red, opaque, cloudy after I swirled in the sediment, not much of a head, just a thin ring, no lacing

S - big malty nose, tart cherries, light clove, hint of smoke

T - more of the same as the aroma, definite smoky presence (goes away after warming), very malty, but not cloying, definitely taste the alcohol, though it is well integrated, aftertaste is cherries soaked in alcohol

M - med body, well attenuated, med low carbonation, yet somehow still "prickly," very smooth alcohol, and lots of it

D - about as drinkable as 12% can get, very close to a belgian dark strong

In a blind taste test, I'm almost certain I would classify it as a belgian dark strong. There is almost no similarity between this and the regular weizenbock, though both are great in their own right. Tasty as can be, intense flavours, but the huge alcohol slows you down in a hurry. So be it. I thought German brewers didn't make extreme beers?

Bottled: Aug 2007

Thanks to Phyl21ca for sending me this about 18 months ago!

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Photo of Kristenagrady
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark with a light and airy head that dissapated quickly.

Aroma: Bready, slightly sweet and molasses-y. Rich and deep. I think the aroma was my favorite part of this beer!

Taste/Body: Molasses flavor up front with prevalent hops. Deep, rich and spicy with a kicky tang. Thick mouthfeel.

Aftertaste: Moderate bitterness and tang.

Overall: Very delicious and lush with lots of depth and layers of flavor. Again, I really liked the aroma.

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Photo of oceanman
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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 Mit
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

a-pours a cloudy ruby colour with nice head and lacing down the glass.

s-traditional wheat smells.(coriander, banana, orange zest)...stronger sweet smell hinting at the heavier alcohol content.

t- The strong sweeter smells that were hinted at before come to the forefront in the taste. The wheat characters really take a back seat to the sweeter flavours in this beer. Not unenjoyable in the least. Very nice. Alcohol while giving a slight burn really not overpowering.

m-Carbonation there but it can't really hide the thickness of the beer. Perfect for style and strength of alc.

d-oddly very drinkable...not something you would usually say about a 12% beer. You imagine sipping this by a fire after shovelling snow for a couple hours.

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Photo of counselor
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wicked brew, chock full of flavors. It pours a dark muddy brown with yeast floaties and a tall stiff head that thins out gradually. The beer smells awesome, rich roasted and caramel notes, deep nuts and candied fruits, sugary rich malt and nutty yeast aromas. The flavors are thick and layered baked apples and cinniman, clove, nuts, plums and, oh yeah alcohl on the back end. This is a beer that should be savored slowly to appreciate the layers of complex flavors. The mouthfeel was chewey and rich with well balanced carbonation. A tsaty beeer indeed

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, bready melonoidins and a nice fruitiness. Good alcohol in the background. Plenty of malt sitting up front. Very good.

Dark, hazy chestnut colour with a small, somewhat short-lived tan head.

Sweet, fruity, slightly spicy and a classic doppelbock. The yeast character is nice and the sweetness is not too high.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation.

A brilliant beer with lots of great flavour and almost perfectly to style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice dark brown to almost black color with a decent one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds and ends up leaving a decent amount of foamy lacing. The smell was wheaty yet had a nice allocation of dark chocolate malts and some nice banana coming out to assist in a wonderful aroma. The taste was basically sweet through the chocolate and banana and the wheat ended up backing all of that up in a decent manner. There was no aftertaste and yet there was a slight dry sweet banana finish. On the palate, she sat about a medium in body and wanted to show a decent sessionable quality to it, but for the most part, it really wasn’t. I sipped this and enjoyed it thoroughly that night I had it. Overall, super nice Eisbock well worth my time and money.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bushbeer75
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle - bottled on 11/09/13

Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock body is a dark mahogany almost black in color. A hard pour yielded a thin tan head that quickly dissipated to a collar of foam in my snifter. No lacing was evident. The nose is dominated by sweet malt and dark fruit with just a slight bit of alcohol noticed perhaps due to its age [approx.16 months old]. The taste like the nose was dominated by sweet malt and dark fruit with the flavor of plums and raisons noticed. The mouth feel was creamy, high-medium to full bodied. There was a pleasant warming on the palate from the alcohol.

This is my first Eisbock and I like the style. To me, it is similar to an English Old Ale or even a brandy.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Light to dark brown body with little to no head. Huge lacing

S- Alcohol, Grape, Lots of dark ester, sugar sweetness

T- This taste a lot like a ruby port with lots of grape, low carbonation, and it does have some complexity as the beer warms and the palate adjusts.

F- Drinks with a nice alcholol sting

D- (non-session) I would enjoy having this beer anytime. It is balanced and eisbocks are what helped get me into the game of craft beer. Mmm such nice grape flavors and complexities. Seek out if you have not tried it.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DrZombies review mirrors my own. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Alcohol dominates the first aroma. Resilient lacing, steady cap throughout with unexpectedly high carbonation. This is my first Eisbock and it's certainly intriguing enough to warrant another tasting in its style.

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Photo of Tomais
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a clear light brown with a finger of tan head. Lacing last mere seconds.

S; Roasted malt and that's it.

T: Slightly sweet malt to start followed closely by alcohol heat. A hint of plums or maybe raisins. Finish is quite spicy.

M: Medium body which is a tad syrupy with good carbonation.

O: A solid Eisbock.

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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.
$4.25

Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.

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Photo of impending
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a brown cola, minor short lived head, minor lacing.

Intense aroma, tremendous estry complexity. Cloves and other spices join the banana topped off with phenols and a note of solvent alcohol.

Flavor in rhythm with the scent including the phenols and a note of solvent alcohol. This taste matches the scent better than perhaps any any other quality brew I've had. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends, I really love aventinus so I've been jonesing to try this.

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a very unique almost dark purple color on the sides, very cool look. Some head but it dies quick and has very little lacing, though I don't expect much from a beer of this abv.

The smell is very malty overall, no hops to this at all. Some nice dark fruit notes dominate with some nice dark bread notes to it as well with some candy like sweetness as well. A touch of alcohol sweetness but there is no real heat to it at all. Some great caramel notes as well as some licorice too which is subtle but nice. some lighter tropical fruit type things too.

The taste is very complex and turns out to be exactly what i thought it would be from knowing the original very well. All the favors of the original including the awesome dark bread, Banana clove, Wiezen wheat, dark fruit, caramel, are all there plus some serious new notes of some alcohol complexity. It's very tasty and easy yo drink compared to most 12% beers.

Feel is ok, a little thinner than I would have liked but it rolls over nicely and is not hot at all.

Overall nice beer, but I'll stick with regular aventinus most of the time.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2010 vintage. Pours a fairly dark, red and brown color. Head is booming and is hanging at around a finger thick, looking quite creamy. Just a shade off-white in color. Surprising retention for such a strong one. Swirling the glass leaves some legs of lacing that fall back into the beer.

S: Aroma is very similar to the Weizenbock with a shade more alcohol heat. Has the banana and clove undertones with some dark fruits and some sweet fruit notes. A bit of caramel and some brown sugar with alcohol floating on top. Definitely has a very nice cherry aroma. Slightest shade of band-aid, possibly the beginning of oxidation.

T: Actually, a bit tart upfront. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Bready and wheaty, a touch of sweet malt. Caramel and banana are pretty prevalent. Alcohol heat lingers for a bit with some nice sweetness.

M: Pretty large body and a sticky finish. Could see this one laying down well for a few years. Easily one of the best Eisbocks I've had. Everything that the Weizenbock offers with the added abv not becoming overwhelming. Well made.

D: Very surprising. Drinks like an old ale on top of the already perfect Aventinus. Alcohol heat is not bothersome and hidden very well behind some very nice yeast and bready notes. Has the signature Aventinus flavor profile that makes for an incredibly drinkable Eisbock.

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

Poured from a bottled marked as 2004 vintage...

A- Absolutely no head, barely any lacing as it decants which quickly recedes completely. There's tons of sedement in this guy, chunks floating around like a snowglobe. Murky dark brown body.

S- Apple cider, vinegar, the faintest banana.

M - Medium body, bitter, slightly carbonated finish with a tang of its 12% ABV. Leaves the mouth with a thick, creamy residue.

T - The alcohol comes out prominently. "It tastes like liquor," was the only help I got from my girlfriend on this one. There's an undertone of caramel and beneath that, butterscotch that counter the alcoholic tang.

D - Wow. I've had high ABV's before, but nothing like this. Be careful, this is like a couple of Bigfoots kicking you in the pants. Clocking in at a mere 12, this guy mirrors and even mocks the 19% Dogfish Head WWS, in my experience. It's bitter, but overall that should be countered by a cautious sipping.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of professorchow
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trombone69
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with the bottle # 06558 and the year 2001 on the back label. Brownish burgundy colour with a fast foaming head that drops quickly to a thin ring of tan lace.

Bubble gum, banana, clove and herbal medicinal phenols in the aroma. Mellow estery almost solvent like alcohol in the nose also.

Lightly syrupy slick on the tongue. Spicy right upfront that rides the medium high carbonation, clove and alcohol come first then some phenolics to mix things up a bit. Touch of banana and breadiness in the middle. Hops are not there but there are other components that keep this brew in balance. Estery and slightly solvent alcohol even rides through the finish.

Not as complex as I though it would have been, the head lacks big time with a thin ring of lace … other than that this is a great brew. Alcohol is deceiving in a way as it lurks around to sneak up on you.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,622 ratings.
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