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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Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA

Tan 1/2" head over a dark brown brew, and laced admirably. Deep grainy aroma, with alcohol character apparent. Flavor indicates a chewy wheat brew with hearty consistancy. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one amazing brew, absolutely deserving of all of its acclaim. It's not the prettiest thing to look at--almost muddy and with minimal head--but its aroma is captivating, like a sweet and syrupy banana puree. The taste is much the same along with notes of dark fruit--raisin and prune. The alcohol is well hidden but the rich flavors keep it a sipper. A great dessert beer.

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Photo of budgood1
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

oh baby.....what a beer. murky apple cider appearance, thin foamy head. aroma of caramel apples, cloves, and some banana....tons of malt...and sweet alcohol. above average carbonation, with a thick chewy mouthfeel. massive body on this one....lots of wheat and yeast flavors with caramel malt flavors in the background. a definite hop presence and......... oh alcohol bite that is very noticeable, and very welcome. an awesomely powerful beer, huge in every way! alcohol warming effect immediately. 11.2 oz of sheer bliss in a bottle!

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Photo of Beric
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Served: March 2013

Appearance: Actually, if there is one fault in this beer, it is that it is not the prettiest. Kind of chocolatey, kind of raisin colored, but the yeast in it all makes it scatter the light a little weird around the edges which makes it kind of look brownish-grey at times. No head to speak of because of the alcohol content.

Smell: Smells just like an Aventinus- raisins, dates, molasses, and yeasts.

Taste: Tastes like a concentrated Aventinus (surprise!). The Aventinus flavors, if anything, hit you more in this beer because you have less carbonation and yeasty flavors to get in the way of the dark, molasses-y fruity flavors. Interestingly, I find you can feel the alcohol on this one way more than other high ABV beers (cf. 120 Minute IPA), which is actually a little offputting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but with an astringent alcohol presence.

Overall: Amazing beer. Though you can taste/feel the alcohol at times, it is still immensely pleasurable, especially if you like just plain-old regular Aventinus. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of batty
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, november '09.

pours a dark, dark brown, just short of black opaque from the side, but showing a light chocolate brown when held up to the light. off white head, medium dense, dies quick, but not that quick considering 12%.

smells of dark fruits with a touch of alcohol presence. a little earthiness is present, balanced with malty sweetness

taste is excellent - strong bock, rich dark fruits, just a bit yeasty and just a bit of alcohol presence on the end. just what i would expect from a strong wheat, very impressive.

decently carbonated, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, decently thick

12% is barely noticeable - i'd have rated it ~6% by taste alone. tastes great. strong kick is not for guzzling, but could sip this all night.

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer poured a deep amber to brown color. It poured with a decent creamy tan head.

Smell: This beer has a very strong aroma of dried fruit, bready malt, sweet tropical fruit, and alcohol. It has a very sweet smell.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell. It is rich with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is low and the finish is dry. Flavors of dried fruit and sweet malt are strong and there is a slight tartness. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

Overall: This beer is very good for its style. It is not my favorite style, but it is wonderful with grilled pork and chocolate.

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Photo of Wontonst
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark color with thick head that goes away rather quickly. Very floral, rich smell with a taste that matches. You can definitely feel the alcohol. Full bodied.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murkyblack coffee with a smaller than expected head and not much lacing. Some sediment. Nose is thick with dried fruits, malt, and sweet booze. Flavor has some initial wheat bread unless, but is quickly overwhelmed by warm syrupy malt, dried prune, raisins, and much, much more. So many flavors come out the more I sip and think about it. At times, I get everything from coffee notes to cherry cough syrup (not meaning that in a bad way). Sad I only got three bottles because I'd like to age some, but am sure I'll crave more of this in the long winter. Outstanding.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown with sharp, bubbly head. Smells of honey, mint, malt, a hints of pepper and cloves. Tastes of peaches, plums, caramel, and honey. A mild peppery bite. There a nice, hot, alochol burn that is balanced by the carbonation. Overall, a very rich, flavorful, and powerful beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into its own Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass. The bottle was numbered and dated 2007.

Appearance: The pour is smooth, thick and builds a tall tan head. The head quickly settles down to thin wispy layer that is slick and leaves no lacing behind. Its body is thick, cloudy, brownish in color and contains some small bits of yeast sediment floating in it.

Smell: The nose is big deep and fruity. Wheat malt notes are surrounded by over ripe banana peel and raisons soaked in rum.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor like its aroma is big and deep as well. Concentrated sweet malty flavor is full warming alcohol, mild clove and fruity yeast showing raison, banana peel, prune and bubble gum like flavor notes. The texture was slick and smooth with slightly syrupy, but not overly so, mouth feel. Carbonation is light in this big full bodied beer.

Notes: This beer is big, bold, and beautiful.

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Photo of elricorico
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy deep brown with a huge fluffy beige head. Long head retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell is boozy and sweet. Sugary bananas and peppery spice, cherry like red licorice whips.

Taste is oh so sweet, like candy made from a hefeweizen. Sweet banana candies, red licorice, cherries. A bit of vinuos dryness on the back half of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, with just enough carbonation to fend of the feeling of flatness. Works right for the brew.

This one keeps me coming back for another sip. Sure it is strong, I want more.

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Photo of jsh420
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle #2007 / 12470

pours dark dark redish brown almost black with a 1 finger head that leaves no lacing

smell strong dark fruit banana malt

taste you know this will be a powerful beer @12%abv - rich dark fruit like alot of dark belgians banana - alcohol is not hidding here very present and works well with the spice this beer has

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with plenty of carbonation but still has a nice smooth creamy feel

drinkability is very good but 1 will be plenty for me for a few months

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Photo of boudreaux
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into over-sized wine glass.
Bottle no. 2010 014266

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown/black, with just a touch of purplish color; carbonated, bubbly head; head is thin, about 1/2 finger, and quickly dissipates; a few small carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the surface throughout the tasting

S: My first whiff immediately makes me think of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with notes of dark candied sugar and dark fruits making a strong appearance; a healthy level of alcohol is also noticeable; malt is everywhere; on aroma alone, I'd guess this was a Belgian Dark Ale of some sort

T: Again, Belgian flavors are here; the dark candied sugar and dark fruits are strong, but tempered somewhat by a touch of wheat/bready flavor; alcohol ends up dominating the flavor notes, with a touch of toasted-nut maltiness also evident

M: coats the tongue wonderfully; warming sensation from the intense alcohol; full-bodied and a bit heavy

D: perfect level of smoothness and carbonation for a beer this big; wouldn't want to drink to many, but definitely drinkable

This is my first Eisbock. Maybe this just isn't a true representation, but reminds me more of a Belgian-style beer. I'm not complaining though. Prost!

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Photo of KingG
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times over the past few years.
This is a bottle from my cellar:
Year: 2005,
Bottle # 12,532

Served at room temp. Poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Poured out a dark purple color with a thin layer of almond-colored foam that stays through-out the drinking session. Yeast get comfortable in the bottom of the glass.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. So many dark fruits (plums, dark raisins, black cherries) in the nose. Malty goodness shines through. Alcohol makes itself known, as well.

Taste is very good. Remember the dark fruits? They're in the flavor too but much more pronounced. No cloying sweetness either; the aging has mellowed out the taste but in a better way. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very good. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Aging has done this beer well.

Drinkability is exceptional. Before i knew what happened, the glass was empty. How can a beer with 12% be this smooth and have so much flavor at the same time? Dangerous.

Such a delicious brew. Perfect dessert beer after a beefy meal. Good when fresh, better when aged. Store some away for better drinking down the road.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasently surprised to find this one in the blue mountains of Sidney. Poured a murky eggplant color into a wine glass with little head and faint ruby hue towards the bottom of the glass. Smell was delicious, dark over ripe prunes, red wine aromas and some chocolate notes in there as well. Taste was heavenly with powdered sugar, plum, wheat, chocolate, grape....the complexities were nerely innumerable. Mouthfeel was also a plus as there was a nice hoppy character accompanying the wheat and fruit flavors, making for a melange of different tastes to pick up on. This is some pretty strong juice, so for the unseasoned beer drinker one might be enough, however I think a couple bottles of this could potentially do quite nicely for just about anybody wanting to try an exceptional beer experience. Final thoughts: fabulous, this is a beer with some great complexities going on. Not only is it a great style of beer, but also one with alot of personality. Cheers

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Photo of ryanonline
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with some serious ruby highlights and a big off white head that sticks around a long time.

Deep banana scent with some lighter spices of clove and cinnamon and a strong toffee and vanillaesque scent.

Oh my. Oooh my. This beer has some serious flavors going on. Lots o spice (clove cinnamon and nutmeg) and a very sweet yet subdued combo of fruit and toffee.

The mouthfeel is moderate bodied yet very interesting with some prickly carbonation. Also a very sweeet finish and some moderate heat.


This is like the bigger blacker cousin of aventinus. Delicious and hot while strikingly drinkable while being a HIGH ABV beer. This is somethin else.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled January 14, 2011, so a little over 16 months old. Clean snifter for the pour.

Empties into the glass with a dense two-fingered head that is an absolute godsend with the 12% ABV in consideration. Incredible head retention for such a big beer. Residual yeast sediment swirled in definitely helps that department a bit. Opaque russet-brown color to the body. Looks rich and darker than my past eisbock experiences. Got some great alcohol legs.

This has an great nose! Smells like a candied version of the weizenbock. Caramel, hard tack candy, intensified clove, fried banana, booze sweetness, dark prune, apricot, and mild chocolate. The alcohol is smiling at me, but it's not overpowering.

Incredible. Chocolate-covered banana, cherry drop lozenge, toffee, candi sugar, spicy cloves, prune, bubblegum, cinnamon, canned pitted fruits, dark caramel, and lingering alcohol. Rummy with a quality booziness. Decadent. A dark German wheatwine. There's some lively vinous grape notes that are actually pretty standout, now that I thought of it. Healthy doses of sweet malts without the grainy notes. No huskiness, very very little tartness, and a pleasant sweetness. A hard-to-beat eisbock, in my opinion.

Smooth, but candied feel. Doesn't leave a whole lot of stickiness. Incredible carb presence that blows me away considering the strength and age of this beer.

Insanely drinkable eisbock with all of that great yumminess from the Aventinus Weizenbock. And, I thought Kulmbacher's was good. Best eisbock had to-date. One of the best beers had to-date. I know where I scored this bottle, and I WILL be back to clean out stock. Cheers!

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Photo of mick303
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass this produces a large crowning head of tan foam, dissipates rather quickly, but leaving a very nice lacing. Colour is a ruby dark brown, a muted spiced rum appearance. 4

Smell has a very interesting character. Mulled fruits, a herbal spicy alcohol prickle. Overripe bananas, thick molasses caramel! Restrained vanilla, bourbon wood notes, just amazing aromas. Stone-fruit and lively earthiness. 4.5

T – an initial plummy sweetness shows a lot of interesting leather and caramel notes, rum caramel cake, sweet pecan nuts, coffee, a slight dry earthiness on the finish, some cardamom spice. Amazingly smooth throughout, light florals and underlying toasty complexity. Full rich and smooth maltiness with a slight underlying bitterness, mild earthy spices. 4.75

M – an amazing spirity warming aftertaste. Surprisingly little alcohol detectable, such a rich smoothness and then a full bodied finish with some drying alcohol really is something. Very satisfying. 4.5

Amazingly drinkable and delicious, with really good complexity. Such an interesting beer, very rich and good balance of flavors. Such a treat. So much going on, and yet works so well as a complete package, not much to complain about here, a very interesting beer, with a lot of satisfying spirit character that combines so deftly together. 4.5

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Photo of rodcom
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a hard beer to review since it was so different than most other beers. First observation - no way I would have thought it was 12% alcohol since there was little after taste. Second - I can't wait to get another bottle to try - it was that good and here is why

- nice thick flavor
- taste of caramel and coffee characteristics
- some floaters/clumps in the glass - I poured it in two parts first 2/3 and it was more clear, but adding the bottom yeast made it better

Definitely go buy a bottle.

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Photo of Buebie
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased htis 12 oz bottle from Heritage liquor in St. Paul MN

bottle # 2007/ 15723

It poured an off brown, dark cola. Head was very similar to a cola as well.
No laceing on the glass, thin off-white head on the top of the liquid.
Smelles of merlot, blueberries and malt, with sharp alchahol aroma.
Taste is mainly malt with alcahol present. Some black licorice present as noted before me. Very sweet. Some peppercorn in the middle.
Carbonation is high, this is a medium bodied beer with a very warm swallow.
I would really recommend this beer.
The process of freezing the beer and draining off the reamianing liquid is really interesting.

Damn good beer. Very simple in flavor, any more complexities and it may have interfered with the simple humble quality of this fine beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured dirty brown in color with lots of carbonation and a big head considering the monstrous ABV.

Smell – Big, huge dunkles weizen aroma. The yeast is mammoth and shows off a bit of the traditional malty bock as well as a subtle warning of alcohol. The aftermath of this monster aroma is beautifully-spiced banana notes that complete the package.

Taste – Man, what a mouthful. This is the biggest, baddest, dark yeast flavor that I’ve ever tasted, and I lived in Germany for six years. The sharp alcohol just adds to the concoction. What a treat!

This is fine alcohol that you would expect from an expensive brandy, and the yeast is the real German deal. The fruity banana comes up huge as well, and the spices (predominantly clove) are large and in charge.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol tinge was big here, but this is what you’d expect from the real “ice beer”. The German weizen flavors came out wonderfully, puffing the cheeks and filling the mouth. It is fuller than full and well worth the effort to chew it down.

Drinkability – I felt like a king drinking this bottle. What an amazing example of this unique and often overlooked style.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2015. Picked up from my local beer specialist some time ago. Been looking forward to this one for a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (I don't have an Aventinus glass). A hazy dark brown hue with tons of yeast sediment and strong carbonation. Produces a large head of light brown foam to begin with, but this rapidly subsides to nothing. Aroma - in a nutshell: liquid fruitcake. Notes of plums, dried fruit, marzipan, molasses and brown sugar. A big, warming hit of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of intensely sweet malt with a fruity character and a boozy finish. Notes of prunes, dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar and fruity yeast esters. The alcohol really makes itself known upon swallowing - hot, spicy and astringent, but blending nicely. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a slick sensation from the alcohol. Nice, tingly carbonation. Very astringent - feels like your tongue is being stripped. Aftertaste of fruity, boozy malt.

Mmmmm - very nice. Rich and tasty; makes a fantastic sipper. The booze is strong in this one, but doesn't detract from the experience. Now I want another! Add this beer to your must-try list.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Given this as a gift in a single bottle for christmas. Poured into a wheat beer glass, pours deep cloudy orange with a 2-3 finger white head.
From here on out, my review is biased; I was given this because I like eisbocks, but the giver didn't realize it was a weizen-eisbock. I'm sure this is a world-class beer as the Bros have said, but wheat beers are NOT my thing.
The smell disgusts me entirely, almost to the point of throwing up. That yeasty, wheaty aroma which I know is a sign of a great wheat beer, makes me sick. It smells like an old peanut butter and jelly sandwich to me.
The taste isn't much better; if I ignore the smell I can stomach it, but barely. It's just a yeasty mess in my mouth. Again, I know it's an excellent beer, but I really do not like the style.
Mouthfeel was good, relatively full-bodied as wheat beers are wont to be. Unfortunately for me, the full mouthfeel only exacerbated my gustatory distress.
Overall, I feel like I'm not being fair to this beer. It's obvious it's an excellent beer, but wheat beers in general are not my thing.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had many an Aventinus in my day, but never an Aventinus Eisbock. I am not sure why I have overlooked it thusfar, but the beer is delicious, and I will certainly put it in my rotation.

A – A silky pour of dark mahogany, no foam.

S – Cinnamon raisin toast, funky sweetness, soft sherry mustiness dominate the olfactory.

T – Delicious. With the taste of a rich steak w/ burgundy mushrooms. Slightly salty or savory or rich. Malt is subdued. The whole taste is so cohesive that it is hard to separate the elements.

M – Viscous, velvety soft. I don’t like to use the term chewy for beverages, unless we are talking about a poorly made smoothie. So I will refrain from glossing it with the aforementioned attribute.

D – Very strong, so not a daily drinker, but it is still a delicious desert wine, errr… Eisbock.

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Photo of botham
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a third liter mug. pours caramel brown with a cloudy character and a couple fingers of off white creamy head.

mildly fruity in the nose, with caramel malts and fruit notes of apple and grape. very pleasant in its aroma.

taste is more of the same, with a very smooth profile and a finish of subtle dark fruits and malts. excellent.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium to full bodied profile.

drinkability is excellent. although the brew has a decently heavy body, it works to its advantage. wonderfuly complex with an excellent profile in aroma and taste. prost!

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,596 ratings.
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