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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of alex_hart
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my aventinus glass

appearance: dark, earthy brown with visible carbonation and a half finger off-white head that very slowly dissipates

smell: this is my favorite part of this beer, and I love a lot of its parts. mild sweetness, inviting spices, and dark fruits in perfect balance. no alcohol in the nose, which is surprising for a 12% brew.

taste: this is just flat out delicious. follows the nose nicely with the sweetness of dark fruits melding together wonderfully with the spices.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied (closer to medium) with good carbonation. Although it is a bit thick, it still retains its drinkability. Its a sipper, not due to necessity, but because you want to enjoy every sip.

overall: Ive seen this around at a few different bottle shops but never pulled the trigger until earlier today, and thank God I did. One of my favorites as of late, and maybe one of my favorites period. Must try.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep tawny red color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains a while before settling to a ring around the edge

S- big malty aroma with strong notes of caramel, fig, raisin, prune, fruit cake, brown bread & brown sugar. Spicy yeast gives some clove and banana undertones, along with toasted wheat, also some booze on the close

T- flavor follows the aroma, big malt bomb with huge notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & molasses. Intense dark fruits come out in the mid-palate, with flavors of raisin, fig & date. The finish brings some spicy yeast that yields notes of clove and banana esters, some alcohol on the finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- thick an viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick filmy finish, lingers of alcohol

O- pretty much everything do you look for in a high alcohol malt bomb. A world-class beer that is always good to revisit once in a wile

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Photo of weezyfart
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is absolutely delicious. The nose alone is something that I could spend hours swooning over. At one point I thought it was dutch apple pie. Of course on further examination a few other ideas pop up. But damn, baked apples keep taking my attention.

Anyway, the mouthfeel is delectible as well. Smooth, sultry, and just a touch of alcohol heat. You need it by the way, or you'll fall flat on your face after two or even three of these bad boys.

Big dark fruits on the taste profile. A considerable amount of spice as well. This is not as much a gorgeous beer as it is an utterly delicious beer.


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Photo of AaronRed
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. At first I thought something was wrong with this beer- it poured think and cloudy. Then I remembered, well, this is a special beer, and the combination of wheat, dunkel and bock, and then sorta frozen, I really shouldn't judge until I take a taste. Very malty, bready aroma's. Taste is, like....a regular Aventinus on steroids, but legal. Such an intense flavor it's almost hard to decribe . There is sweetness, and some traditonal weizen flavors as well- banna and clove. But everything is strong AND mellow. That's the beaty of this beer. Just an exceptional beer. Very warming and delightful by the fire.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle poured into a flute.

A = Not quite ruby red, perhaps a light garnet, a light yellowish of-white head forms quickly but also disappears quickly leaving almost no traces but a steady carbonation stream continues bubbling pleasingly up the middle of the glass.

S = Very fruity smells of prunes, dried apricots, candied dates, sugar cane, yet tempered by bitter notes of burnt palm fronds and fresh flower petals placed into a garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

T = Easily one of the best beers I have ever had. Strong flavors of all of the fruits found in the smell as well as a strong bitter, very weizen taste at mid-palate which contains hints of bananas and cloves as one might expect but still rounding out with port and madeira like tastes of sun baked grapes fermented and aged into an almost syrup.

M = Full bodied, great mouthcoating, at first the carbonation seemed too strong, but it actually suited the tastes quite well -- like a fine champagne.

D = Not an everyday drink but great for a nightcap after a heavy meal. A must have. Easily one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of ckollias
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby hue with a solid off-white tannish head that slowly dissipates leaving a partial trail and persistent lace.

S: Sweet aroma dominated by dark fruits and alcohol.

T: Intense dark fruit flavor of dried plums and figs followed by some dark chocolates and coffee notes. Finishes very sweet and fruity.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – This beer has tons of complex flavors and aroma and enough alcohol to put you to sleep. Nice sippin beer at 12% abv. A beer for special occasions.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a brown 11.2 oz bottle into a large snifter glass. Looks to be a 2012 bottling.

Appearance - Chestnut, brown, opaque body with a fizzy tan head of about a finger. Head dissipates after about a minute, leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol, some sweetness. Reminds me of a belgian dubbel in some ways.

Taste - So complex. Starts with spicy, wine-like characteristics, with some sweetness and alcoholic ester characteristics. Finishes with plum and dark currant. Really reminds me of a wine more than a beer.

Mouthfeel - Again, very wine-like, in that it lingers and has a cloying aspect to it. Carbonation is just enough to break through the thickness.

Overall, a wonderful beer. I imagine this would go well with a nice cut of steak or a cigar. As it warms up, the flavor just gets more complex and interesting.

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Photo of Long813
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 ColoradoBobs
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, $4.04 with their mixed sixer discount. Bottle #2004/06938. Beer #19 in my quest to have the top 25 German beers.
Slight off-white head over a foggy tawny mahogany body. Yeast was swirled and decanted. Head fully dissipates, leaving some streams of rising bubbles. Smell is vinous and sweet, with coffee, chocolate malt, figs and prunes, cherries, toasted rye bread and date nut bread, maybe a hint of walnut. Taste is sweet vinous, peppery, warming, chocolate-covered cherries, burned sugar, roasted hazelnut. Very complex. Wow. The alcohol is definitely right there: no hiding 12%, even behind all this flavor. But what an amazing amount of flavor. Red wine. Just got a piece of Ghirardelli dark chocolate -- what a match! Also, what a thick, creamy mouthfeel. This is smooth as silk and thick as caramel. However, it's for sure a one-at-a-timer. Will I have this again? Absolutely. Will I have it again tonight? Don't think I could. Exceptionally drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good Spirits Co. Glasgow (330ml for £5.20):
Chestnut brown with some deep red tinges and a huge foamy head that is very slightly off-white.

Strong plum aroma and a lot of banana to kick things off, along with some figs and nice amount of alcohol. There is some raisins, a bit of bubblegum and a lot of spice up next, this together with some darker fruits and sugar. The smell of this one has a lot of depth and there is some clove making an appearance to along with some spice and grapes.

Alcohol to begin with but nothing overpowering, this is followed by most of what the nose promised. The taste consists of banana, cloves and dark fruits with figs, raisins and especially plums all featuring. There is some spice as expected and spice as expected along with a few malts. this taste is rounded of with some sweetness and a boozy alcohol flavour.

Full bodied and quite sweet with no bitterness and a fair amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy and dry towards the end and it certainly packs a punch.

The flavours where very well balanced and the beer went down better than I was expecting whilst still having to be sipped. The aroma was really something special though with each smell complimenting the previous.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy moderate brown color with a finger of khaki to very light brown foam. After a few minutes the beer settles into an impressive clarity given the color of the beer, the brown color also appears a bit lighter and starts to give off a hint of ruby highlights. Significant esters given off in the aroma; raisins, plumbs, hints of figs, balanced by a bread crust and caramel malt profile. Alcohol is present but fairly subdued in the aroma. The taste takes on a malt forward quality with enough hop bitterness to make the beer overly sweet. There is a faint irony taste reminding me of medium rare duck breast, it flows with the other toasted malt characteristics nicely. Alcohol is a bit more noticable in the taste especially in the finish, but is smooth and not dominant. The body is medium to full without any residual stickiness, not chewy at all, very pleasant feel, very faintly sweet on the finish, but the alcohol presence cuts through it.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, Karstadt dept store, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - huge hit of fruity esters - banana, cherry notes. Taste - Sweet fruity esters - banana at the front, malty middle, crisp bitter finish with a light alcoholic warmth. Fantastic high ABV doppelbock. At 2 Euros easily the cheapest I have ever paid for such a fantastic ale.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an Aventinus chalice. Murky brown pour with garnet highlights. Substantial foam. Poured perfect. Aroma is fruity, tart and malt. Taste follows aroma. Malty for sure. Spice, raisin and other dried dark fruits. Caramel and mild clove. Mouthfeel is light/medium that coats with some tartness lingering. Just when I finish a sip I'm looking forward to the next. Great preflight holiday quaff. Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark brown. Creamy head never really goes away. Aroma and flavor is of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Definitely more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Eisbock. Looking forward to it- the only thing I know about Eisbocks are from the BJCP guidelines. Its Christmas Eve, the kids are in bed, the wife is wrapping gifts, so I think this is a great time to review this beer!

The appearance is a somewhat opaque/translucent dark brown with an off-white head that is gathering at the sides of the pour. Almost stout or porter like until you hold it up to the light. Smells of dried dark fruits like raisins or plums, very malty and slight alcohol. Tastes sweet, dried fruits, toasted malt, some alcohol evident, and a dry crisp finish. This is an intense beer with many developed flavors, and I find it interesting that hop flavors are not one of them. This may be the antithesis of an American Barleywine. Mouthfeel is full, and low carbonation. This one is a sipper, and is developing more of a flavor profile as it warms.

From what I understand, this is a difficult and time consuming beer to make. First it must be brewed to a higher strength, then frozen to concentrate, then lagered for a long period of time. This one is a nice alternative to other high strength, highly hopped ales like American Barleywines, Russian Imperial Stouts and Imperial IPAs. Highly recommeded-just to expand the palate perspective! Merry Christmas!

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Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Aventinus pours a gorgeous caramel-brown color with a thick, creamy head that shows great retention. The nose is full of a delicious banana-bread smell (banana and spices), there are also notes of hops and citrus. The mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer is quite smooth with a nice, dry finish. The taste is super balanced, picking up on the same bready, banana, peppery notes from the smell. Great use of hops to cut through the sweet, maltyness of this beer.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Aventinus. L-O-V-E. Almost a perfect beer at a fantastic price. It's a beer that even my occasional-craft-drinking brother can love. When I saw one of my friends drinking a bottle with a purple label at the Flying Saucer one day, I told him that I loved this beer. He proceeded to show me it was the eisbock version... and I knew I had to have that in the future. Fast forward to today and, well, it's in my snifter.

How in the hell does this thing pour such a big head for a 12% beer? Points! The head dies down, but I was impressed nonetheless. The body is an amazing deep brown with purpleish hues. Maybe I'm just influenced by the label color. Whatever it is, I like it.

The nose is initially spicy with banana undertones. Not quite as sharp as the regular Aventinus, but still good. As the head recedes, the booze comes forth. Not solventy, but definitely hot. This eventually gives way to a syrupy prune. Interesting.

The flavor is deep and dark. It doesn't have that bubbly lift that I find in the original, but that's by design. The boozed dark fruits come forth. It's almost like prunes that were quickly dunked in vodka and then wafted by some rum... if that makes any sense. Maybe a sense of port-like stickiness. A good after-dinner beer. The spices are still there in the background, but they are muted from the original beer's showing.

This is a completely different beast than the regular and probably different from any other beer I've had. The deep, dark fruits carry in a completely new way to my palate. Rounded, boozy, enticing. Very nice offering. I need to find other eisbiers...

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Photo of BasementDweller
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, do I love this beer. Just when you thought Aventinus couldn't get any better, they went and froze the sucker. Who needs water, anyway? Pours a hazy dark brown with a good head from a steady pour. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is of ripe plums, raisins, sweet malt, cinnamon, blueberries, and a very little bit of alcohol. Thick and mouth-coating, pulling back just short of syrupy. Flavor is of bruised plums, braised pears, raisins, and sweet red apples. Finish is sweet and lingering, and warms as it goes down. I would never in a million years have guessed this was a 12% beer. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber color, with a small, quite persistent, off-white head and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Candied banana, with spicy cloves, and sweet alcohol, quite profound.

Taste: Opens with sweet, dark fruit notes, and vinous alcohol, which seems to linger on and on. The alcohol notes are not hot or solventy, but rather sweet and linger on to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, very thick.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, a must try.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forget ice wine...eisbock is it!!!!
From the beautiful darkness, to, the amazing fruit/spice aroma, to, the wine/plum flavor...brilliant.
Heading back to my local to pick up a couple more to cellar.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. You can tell this is a big beer but is a very easy drinker at 12%. Has that German Hefe yeast flavor going on and finishes nice and dry but with a rich maltiness. Wonderful estery smell one would expect from a Weizen style. If you like the Weizenbock from Aventinus you will enjoy this beer. Basically an Imperial Version of that beer. I plan to snag more of these and enjoy in these winter months.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, chestnut, small head

Aroma: very malty; alcohol; dried fruit

Taste: malty; very sweet and strong

Remarks: This brewery knows how to make a good beer. Love these guys.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rogue pint and the brew in a clear dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that dissappears fairly quickly leaving just a trace of lacing around the edge of the glass. Aroma is heavy banana/clove wheat yeast.

Flavor follows the nose with the addition of heavy alcohol on the back of the tongue and throat. The fusel's are definately kicking hard on this one. Medium heavy mouthfeel, thickish, almost syrupy.

Starting to pick up some dark fruit, wheat, and the fusels back way off as the brew warms slightly. I also notice that the mouthfeel drops back to a medium level also (as the brew warms some).

This is my 1st brew of this style and even though it is a wheat eisbock, it is pretty spot on as far the description goes. A very nice sipper, or a gulper if your goal is to get shit faced quickly (not my goal). This is a great brew and I'll give er an A fer shure !!

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Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Unfiltered, muddy brown body with 1/2 finger of dense off-white head. Good lacing. Head reduces to a cap and collar.

S - Belgian yeast. Plenty of dark fruit sweetness. Maybe a touch of leather or tobacco in the back.

T - Yeast upfront, then super rich and sweet dark fruit (fig, raisin). Then some brown sugar and molasses. Finishes with more fruit and yeast. A touch of booze in the finish too.

M - Very drinkable for the abv. Lower carb. Not too sticky/syrupy. Definitely more of a dessert beer.

O - A little too sweet to have regularly but delicious and drinkable for such a boozy beer.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,604 ratings.
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