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 | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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4.21
pDev:
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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unusually fresh (6 months since bottling) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Belgian-style snifter. Bought for 4.50-4.99 (can't remember exactly).

Pours a murky deep reddish brown. Small tan head dissipates quickly as I would expect at 12% abv.

Holy yeast Batman. The aroma is extraordinary. Explosive spicy phenolic and estery yeast profile. Freshly mashed ripe bananas, sugary and holiday spiced banana bread, heady alcoholic banana cream vodka. Did I mention banana? Smells fresh and powerful. I can only imagine what a dramatic transformation this takes when aged as all these esters break down.

The taste/feel is syrupy and rough, with alcoholic carbonation bite. Bitterness is low but the yeast bite is strong enough to balance the intense sweetness. I can't say I taste wheat or barley per se, but this is obviously a rich beer. It is really quite thick, and for once I am glad for all the carbonation. I mixed up the dregs and poured them into my glass and that actually smooths the whole thing out a bit, but it is still rough and tumble. Despite the sharpness and strength, this is obviously a masterfully crafted beer. There is almost another dimension of fruit flavor; something like ripe cherries and raspberries but more vague. Very complex.

Conclusion: This is one of the very rare beers that I think will actually get way better with age. I have not had a bottle of regular Aventinus quite this young, but that beer has been amazing at all ages (just s good with 3-4 years as fresh, just wonderfully different). I think this beer will simply get better with age. However, it is quite enjoyable at this age too, but one has to be in the mood for a bit of a tussle.

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Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (bottle number 2012 12976) into a tulip glass.

A-The beer is dark reddish brown in color. The one-finger tall head is almost white and it fades to a collar after about a minute. No lacing on the glass. A few bubbles are visible in the murk.

S-The aroma is hugely sweet and malty. I smell macerated cherry, soy, tobacco, molasses, prune, and a bit of cocoa. There is a healthy boozy aroma that is vaguely medicinal and herbal. A lot going on for sure.

T-The taste is similar. Very sweet with suggestions of overripe fruit, cherry, prune, tobacco, prune, soy, molasses, pepper, chocolate, and a bit of grain. The medicinal/herbal alcohol is very apparent, but it fits well with the brew's other flavors.

M-The body is pretty heavy with a lightly syrupy/coating feel. Carbonation is on the milder side.

O-A very big beer and one that I enjoyed more with each sip. There is a lot going on and the alcohol is obvious, but if you know what to expect, this beer ticks all the boxes. My only knock would be the soy flavor that felt somewhat odd and out of place.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Hazy mahogany color with little foam and low retention. Spotty lacing and low carbonation visible.

S: Dark fruit, caramel and booze, turns more pleasant as it warms.

T: Strong dark fruit and caramel taste, with the alcohol playing strongly. Some bitter sneaks into the aftertaste.

M: Strong alcohol, some carbonation, medium-high mouthfeel.

O: Great sipper for a cold evening (or morning).

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Photo of janubio
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a almost black clour, with a big off white head. Good retention. Smell of dried fruits, spices, vanilla, clove, banana, lemon, alcohol. Medium body, one expect some more. Taste of prunes, figs, whisky, coffee, banana, spices. This is a hell of a beer, complex, rich and one that I sure will buy more.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. best before oct. 18. consumed on january 28, 2015

a: murky chestnut with a finger of tan head

s: huge overripe banana, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, and slight alcohol, followed by vinous dark fruits and mild cinnamon-clove spices

t: sweet overripe banana, figs, raisins, caramel, almonds. the back-end bitterness feels a bit medicinal due to the banana flavours + alcohol

m: medium-ish body which is lighter than what i expected, but it's still somewhat sticky and syrupy. dry finish

o: ultra sweet and indulgent beer, if you're into that kinda thing. it's great, but i won't be seeking this out again in the near future

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Photo of RickyS
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured in teku glass. The beer is dark brown, kind of reddish color and very opaque. The head looks very creamy, almost like a cappuccino froth with big bubbles at the base and finer ones at the top. This tends to dissipate fast. Very unique looking beer! The aroma is not a kick in the face. Definitely the banana, bubble gum and spice character of a wessbier but accompanied but a dark fruit character, typical of a quad. Almonds, cherries, brown sugar and no alcohol whatsoever! Wow! The taste reveals more its dark fruits character and a liquorous aftertaste with medium persistence. The first sips are quite prickly on the tongue. The beer has a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel again typical of a cappuccino. Very very nice!

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is muddy brown with a nice, thick head that fades. Sticky lacing.

Nose is toasted brown bread with sweet malt, lemon, biscuit, and lavender.

Taste has an up-front and sharp, alcohol bite. With milk chocolate, cola, and herbed biscuit.

Mouthfeel is light, with a nice oil-slickness. It is very balanced despite the high gravity. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, this is a well-balanced, acutely flavored, winter beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark rust color. The 1/2 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spots of lace.

The smell is of banana bread, raisins, plums and faint cinnamon spice.

The taste mirrors the smell.

The texture is heavy bodied with high carbonation.

This tastes like liquefied cinnamon-spice banana bread with raisins. Just a mild warming sensation from the 12% ABV. Very good.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy mahogany color with less than a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin ring around the glass

S: Very concentrated fruity notes and well as some oaky notes and molasses. Fruits range from lighter fruits like apple and banana to darker fruits like raisin and fig. Quite intense overall

T: Starts off with the lighter fruity notes that include banana and assorted esters and phenolics, then quickly transitions into the wheat, dark fruits, and oaky notes. Rides on the oak and fruity notes into the finish, which includes a hint of the alcohol and a very light spiciness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Certainly one of the best eisbocks out there, if not the best. It might not technically (<--stressed) be a style, but it certainly makes for an enjoyable and very sippable beverage. Definitely worth trying, especially if you're a fan of the original Aventinus

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer looks and smells the part. It looks and smells good but the taste and feel are not impressive.
This is overall merely an okay beer and definitely not as good as expected..

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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 thebeers
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown / amber with insanely large coffee tinged head. Smells heavy, if that's a thing. Alcohol stands out, with cherry and fig. Malty, syrupy, chewy mouthfeel affects the taste. Sweet. Hints of honey, butter, treacle, bubble gum. Alcohol burn on the back end. Didn't notice the hops at all. Interesting. Definitely has more of a candy thing going on than most beers.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown, kinda murky, looks a lot like a cola. One finger head that faded quickly to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is somewhat wine-like, with some molasses, dark fruit, and sweet malt notes. The flavor is dried plums, figs, and some nice tart flavors. It has some qualities of a good quad, but with a lot more carbonation. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but very nice on the palate. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, awesome in all respects- even my wife gives it the seal of approval!

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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 TheGrunt
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually find beers this strong in alcohol content lacking in the personality and taste, but eisbock is surely an exception in my books. Eisbock has very fruity smell, taste is smooth and like smell, very fruity, sweet and has no bitterness or any of that spiky alcohol taste. Carbonation is medium or average.

Eisbock is one beautiful winter beer! Beer lovers will find this worth the buy hands down, but is also very approachable for everyday Joe seeking something new and warming for the cold winter evenings. Thumbs up!

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 21, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Deep amber to moderate brown, malty and fairly hazy. An off-white foam stand of about ½ an inch, with high retention.

S – Bananas Foster with caramel ice cream. Bananas are first, coated in brown sugar, lots of caramel and toffee in the mix. Hops are not discernible. Dessert in a bottle. Slightly boozy alcohol note, mostly an impression of warmth.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with more accent on the bananas, less on the brown sugar. However, a lot of residual sugar, which comes through as very sweet caramel. Some very mild bitterness, presumably from early hopping, but a bit too sweet in spite of that. Alcohol provides some mild warmth on the finish.

M – Well carbonated, fairly thick and sudsy. Mostly sweet, perhaps overly balanced in that direction. A mild burn from the alcohol in the finish.

O – This was one of the, if not THE, best aroma experiences I’ve had with a beer. The sweetness is a bit cloying but I do like the alcohol warmth. Unfortunately the flavor does not equal the aroma.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First off, I was very excited to try this and I love big malt beers and Barleywines. However, something about this did not sit with me well. The sweetness was cloying. The mouthfeel was too syrupy when I usually enjoy that from a Barleywine. There was a licorice/anise thing which I don't like. I also think maybe the yeast strain threw me off, because I usually love beers this big, but do tend to stay away from a lot German and styles because of the yeast funkiness. Just means I have to keep trying stuff til I figure it out.

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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 Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -5%

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates. Foamy. A little lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruits, grass, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, little carbonation, smooth, creamy, syrupy.

VALUE - $6.49 for 11.2 oz - good for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A likable dark beer. Not overly boozy. Goes down nice.

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Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(14.190)
(250614)
(printed on bottle)

L: murky brown ... possibly the murkiest and brownest beer I've seen, and not shockingly looks just like a dunkelweizen. percolates like a stout but doesn't push a big head, maybe 1/3-inch of tan foam that dissipates quickly, although it does keep a huge collar. no stick or lace.

S: wine ... sour grapes, raisins ... like a red wine with some licorice thrown in; a slight tart/sourness to it from the wheat (?); as it warms, smells like candy ... super sweet

T: SWEET ... man is it sweet, like a grape syrup; very Belgian quad tasting with loads of fruit, dark fruit, dates, plums, lots of grapes and some wine notes ... I don't taste the alcohol but can definitely feel it; as it warms, becomes mostly dates/prunes with plenty of sweetness

F: very thick ... almost syrupy, but it's packed full of carbonation, so it's drinkable considering ABV

O: the most quad-like beer I've tried that wasn't a quad. and while it has some licorice notes (which I HATE), it's got so, so much more ... great wine/grape notes, plenty of fruit and not just dark fruit but lots of that, too, and while the alcohol is burning my throat, the flavors are so intense that I can't taste liquor. fantastic brew and a style I definitely will revisit.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with brown core, murky. Intense streams of bubbles come off the sides of the glass. Soapy, velvety cream-colored head. The murkiness intensifies as the bottom of the bottle is emptied, with real (gross) chunks of sediment float in the end. I'm usually ok with sediment, but this is completely unappealing. Slightly mollified by the cool, shiny bottle art.

S: Lots of Belgian quad characteristics; raisins, fairly sweet malt, some bubble gum. Chalky, alcohol warmth.

T: Prunes, raisins, nicely sweet and warm malt. Alcohol warmth on the finish and even the breath after a sip. Much lighter flavors than I'd expect.

M: Slick, thick heavy body. Warm rounded maltiness. Carbonation is softened but still on the aggressive side.

O: Granted, this is my first experience with the style, but I feel like it was pretty much a decent quad with more faults. The already dull flavors of raisins and prunes with an added ethanol note? Not to mention the bubble gum, which I have never found appropriate in any style. I'm all for experimentation and innovation, which this style has in spades, and I did enjoy this beer on the whole, but I respectfully won't be returning.

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Photo of illpass78
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Libby glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, deep brown. Short white head is gone swiftly. Looks like a beer that means business.

Aroma: Smells of molasses, caramel, dark fruits, booze, and grapes. Slightly vinous.

Taste: Boy howdy, there's a lot of flavor here. Molasses, dates, prunes, raisins, some wine-like accents and caramel notes are all present. Dark wheat bread. Definitely has a boozy burn to it. This is a big beer in every way.

Mouthfeel: This is a big, sturdy beer with a lot of depth. It's a sipper - too much flavor to drink this swiftly.

Overall: A big, bold, badass bock from Bavaria. (I don't know if this beer is really from the Bavaria part of Germany but I was on alliteration roll there.) Enjoy it slowly!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a seidel. I wasn't sure if that was the glass to use or a weizen glass, but I ran with the seidel.

Impressive head forms on this beer and it requires multiple pours to fill the mug. The head is like a thick oatmeal-colored cushion over a dark brown liquid. A lot of yeast sediment shows in the beer on this one and this causes me to look for an expiration date. I see "050912," could this be a 9 year old bottle? Hmm.

Intense smells of sweet bread, caramel and solvent blend together. It's somewhat toffee-like on the nose too. Really it smells like some sort of dark, maybe rye, bread with sweet yeast and/or dough. 4

Woosa. That's pretty taste. Thick caramel taste with a bit of a kick to it. Bready and sweet on the finish. There's a bit of an oxidized flavor that suggest port to me, but not nearly as intensely as an old ale. With this oxidization I start tasting some dark fruit too, almost grape-like. I have to say, I like this sweet, caramelly, oxidized brew. It's delicious. 4.25

Like I said, there's some kick here and I can perceive, slightly, some heat. But it's so damn smooth that the heat is easily negated. The body is thick and alternately creamy and thin-feeling (when the heat works in and out). Despite the sweetness, the finish is quite dry with a bit of lingering alcohol. I'd describe this finish as either wine-like or maybe even bourbon- or rum-like. 4.25

Why don't Eisbocks get more buzz? They give plenty. They're tasty. This style can hang with the old ales and the barleywines of the world. I'd love to see more of these from American brewers.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased in a special box from the LCBO for $5.60 CDN. Been looking for this heralded beer for quite some time.

Appearance - murky dark plum coloured with some mahogany hues. Two fingers of head are poured and have incredible staying power. Off white head is frothy yet smooth, like pillowy clouds in the sky.

Smell - basically a soured up aventinus. Prunes and plums and bananas with a thick rich molasses, some caramel and even sort of vanilla haze over the entire ordeal. Definitely some fermenting grape aroma, gives it a wine like characteristic too. Seems like every whiff brings something different.

Taste - starts off slow and subtle the prunes plums caramel and molasses start things off, followed by an alcohol grape flavor before it actually finishes petty clean. Some aftertaste, but it's not too strong. Slightly boozy on the finish, making me think it's a strong beer, but not quite 12% strong. A bit of a garlicky feel to the flavor after a few sips too.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, followed by a super smooth mouthfeel, creamy and decadent.

Overall - a truly new experience, a sipper of the utmost quality given the huge ABV in this beer. Deliciously like a more intense aventinus, I only actually wish the flavor stuck around a bit longer and was even more intense. Still a world class beer and a phenomenal sipper for a quiet night with a book with the snow continues to pile outside,

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Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

A-hazy brown color with a decent light tan head and a little lacing

S-caramel, dark bread, dark fruit, toffee, spice, hint of chocolate

T-raisins, little banana, brown bread, toffee, clove, fig, light chocolate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-liked sipping this a lot, great mix of flavors

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.
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