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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and alcohol, a very unusual eisbock. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle from the LCBO

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark reddish/copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, banana, raisins/grapes, wheat

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some cloves/coriander. There is also some bananas mixed with grapes/raisins, and wheat. It ends with a banana and dark fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I can't believe how well the alcohol is hidden on this beer. It's very drinkable.. almost too drinkable and the alcohol will sneak up on you. The flavours are well balanced and it doesn't tasting cloying like I expected it to. Very good stuff.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle# 04128, Vintage 2006.

(A)- Pours a hazy, almost cloudy dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Rich & ripe dark fruits with a dense biscuit-like wheat. Bits of banana & lemon with a spicy cinnamon kick or something along those lines. A tad musty in the far background from age.

(T)- A rich maltiness that is reminiscent of raisin, honey, butterscotch, and dark ripe fruits. Has a touch of dry wheat and banana at the end. Warms the throat and stomach after each swallow.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Reminds me of a super rich belgain dark or quad with that extra ABV kick as it goes down.

(D)- An interesting and fascinating beer. Its already 4yrs old, but it could hang out for another 4 yrs with how potent this bad boy is. Malty as hell, with a good sweetness. One of these is plenty for me; this is so rich and filling. A slow sipper definitely

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quite cloudy deep mahogany brown, possibly not as opaque as it could have been. The sediment was quite compact in the bottom and despite swirling the last couple of centimetres of beer, much of it would not be moved. Head is a filmy crown of yellowish-beige bubbles. Good static lacing, and the body looks pleasantly heavy. Lovely looking beer.

Nose is lovely and redolent with big dark wheat characters, but it's so lovely and deep and rich, refined and complex. Slight subtle hints of booze and smoke, and the roasted characters are very pleasant. The boozy sweetness even gives off unusual aromas of port. It's a truly excellent nose.

Taste is big and slightly boozy, although perhaps not as immediately hot and spiritous as I thought it might be. Round wheat notes are noticeable, but there's a welling of slightly metallic, medicinal characters on the back, which while not having the strong heat of booze, do give the bite of continental schnapps. Cherries and appleskin are hinted at. Feel is smooth at the start, but has a pleasant acidity coming through to mingle with the light astringency of the booze.

This is a lovely beer. It's surprising just how gentle it is for all its extremity. It really stays true to its weizen roots, which give it a lovely roundness, and temper the big and boozy notes that appear throughout.

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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 pat61
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours burnt amber with a slight chill haze. The pour produces a massive and clingy 3” light tan foam collar that persists. S: Raisin, light banana, and fruitcake aromas rise from the glass. T: cinnamon, clove and dark fruit flavors, some hops show up on the end, some vanilla in with the spices with traces of toffee. F: Creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation O: A truly classic beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- Big creamy head that has large bubbles and a nice light brown color. The carbonation is really strong stirring up yeast bits from the bottom. The body is a thick dark brown that doesn't let light pass through it.

S- A very rich malt aroma with a strong prune earthiness

T- A wonderful, powerful wheat flavor that builds to a nice wheat tanginess with a faint vanilla banana taste and a very nice warming in the finish.

M- medium-full mouthfeel with a nice warm alcohol finish.

D- Very nice big wheat beer that has a big alcohol warmth to support it. It also has a nice maltyness to support the wheat and the alcohol. Even without a hop presents this beer has a nice complexity and a wonderful taste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this ale tonight, served om a bottle and Celebrator glass at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD.

Appearance: Deep auburn-orange color, this ale had a great deal of sediment when poured into the glass. The bottle poured with an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: Malts come up from the glass, establishing themselves as the predominant flavor and smell of the ale. The malts are not so strong though that they reek of sweetness.

Taste: Malts hit the taste buds immediately. They are slightly sweet, providing a nice counterbalance to the high abv. The sweetness of the malts gives way to a pleasant, even wheat taste after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely in the mouth. The wheat character provides a bit of tanginess that mixes well with the sweetness of the malt.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by the 12% abv, but the ale is nicely balanced and the wheat adds a distinct taste.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my seldom used matching Aventinus glass Mat,19,2011

A very murky light brown with a two finger beige head that fizzes like cola and leaves no lace, what it dose leave is a glass that looks like its boiling from all the bubbles popping up to the surface, kinda neat

S lots of bruised banana, some candied fruit, spice, caramels and just a little booze

T not far from the smell with a dried out banana chip thing going for it and some very faint chocolate, a lone chocolate chip in a banana bread loaf, not much booze for a 12%er

M enters silky and fluffs up a bit after its in your mouth and gets a little creamy by the time you swallow, a little heat but you feel it in your head more then you throat

O pretty intense brew going on here, pretty easy to drink for a beer this strong and something I dip into again

I'm happy I finally had a use for my big bubble top Aventinus glass that just seams to sit in my cupboard. An interesting brew and if my memory serves me I liked the unfrozen version even more then this and I liked this quite a bit. I need to thank liamt07 for knocking yet another beer off my want list

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head that retains excellently before becoming .

S- Unique aroma of wheat and spices. Clove, ginger, maple, brown sugar, honey among other sweet things.

T- Tastes like an amped up dunkelweizen. Well-balanced with notes of banana bread, clove and, of course, wheat. There's also a bit of capsaicin burn in the mix but is barely noticeable. You would never guess this was 12%.

M- Lots of snap, medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- My first Eisbock is an awesome one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown. Big, dense head. Looks great. I wouldn't expect anything less from a German legend of a beer.

S-Aromatic invitations of dark fruit, bananas, moist bread and cocoa powder. A clean strike of alcohol. It's complex now, I bet 2 years of this aging would yield remarkable results.

T-An initially dry, wheat breadiness folds over upon the rush of sweetness. Dried out dark fruits and cocoa powder. Some spiciness. A hacking alcohol sting.

M-Clings to the palate somewhat. Hot and sticky-dry. It's very sweet but the booze saps your tongue of moisture. Subtle bubbles.

O/D-Another highly regarded overseas brew that I struggle to appreciate. It's good and the style is fairly rare to see. Still, I won't go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown that, when held to the light, shows hazy highlights of amber. The frothy khaki head lingers indefinitely. Sediment floated are present.

Dark fruit notes abound. Raisins, prunes, dates, figs, dark cherries, and pear esters reside on a backbone of sweet brown sugar. Hops are insignificant. A note of banana emerges.

Flavor reveals strong alcohol presence, backed by pear, raisins, bruised cherries and soft apples. On the sweet side initially, this beer dries out at the finish and is just a touch bitter. Cola, banana, and wheat notes surface late.

Body is thick, but carbonation is enough to lighten the mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth is significant.

Very complex beer. Great ester profile dominates. It's a bit hot. Would love to lay one down a couple years and see if that helps.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I'd never tried an eisbock before. It's an interesting experience.

I poured the Aventinus into a flute glass and it produced little head. The color is a brown, not as dark as some beers, but more than a few.

The smell is quite powerful. There is evidence of fruit and some spices like cloves. Very pungent.

You can taste the fruit and spices easily. This beer has a really powerful taste. It's not unpleasant in the least, but be forewarned.

It had a high carbonation content, giving it a good mouthfeel.

In the end, this is a drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of these I could put away in the course of an evening.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottle #051076. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a cloudy mahogany/dark brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is very nice, it smells like dark fruit, bubblegum, bananas, caramel, peppery spice and some alcohol. It tastes very malty, like dark fruit, alcohol, pepper, cloves, and bananas. The alcohol is noticable, but it doesn't hurt the overall taste of the beer too much. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with medium carbonation and a coating finish. Drinkability is good, but not great. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely buy it again and recommend it to others.

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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 rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany in color. Foamy, Khaki head, excellent lacing

S: Roasted malts, bready with touches of yeast. touches of dried dark fruit and spices.

T: Boozy throughout. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark dried fruit and spice.

M: Full bodied yet creamy. Boozy burn on the palate.

D: Complex beer where the taste is often overshadowed by the strength of the alcohol.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours the deepest of dark amber orange color with a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out pretty quickly.
S - Smell has good Weizenbock tones with banana and coriander highlighting but also a deep dark fruit profile like a Belgium Dark ale. Fruity plums and grapes as well but just a mild sent of alcohol on the nose.
T - Big fruity notes of banana and orange. Has some plum and figs with mild spicing of coriander. No noticeable ABV its amazing.
M - As I said it drinks like the Doppelbock at a stronger but not 12% quite good.

Overall pretty much got this on an order of Halftime Beverage so its pretty hard to obtain and it cost over 6 bucks. Still it hides the ABV well and is totally worth the admission.

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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 bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I had was about a year old. Apparently this stuff ages wonderfully.

A - The fizzy, foamy, slightly off white head on top of the deep amber body fades fast leaving a thin cap that ends up being nothing a few minutes later. Screaming carbonation up the side of the glass forces me to pour this really slow.

S - Really strong raisins and dates with some booze and yeast. Deep, deep dark fruits, not dark like a quad, but rich and inviting.

T - The same sort of raisin, dates, booze, and yeast components are there but complimented by a slight amount of extra booze that doesn't offend and much stronger fruit making it absolutely delicious. Yeast is still present but definately in a back up role.

M - Lot's of carbonation, full bodied, sweet finish leading into a dryness.

D - Yes sir! This stuff is delicious and I never would have guessed it was 12%. Hot damn. Very warming, yet refreshing.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage that I picked up at Julio's a couple of years back. Bottle # 01458.

The pour is a deep crimson with great clarity. A big light brown head is formed before receding to a ring rather quick, leaving no lace in my snifter. I love the color.

The nose is pretty awesome. Age seems to have toned down the big aromas from the base beer with the banana and clove character giving way to a mellow oxidation with some raisins. Quite malty with a solid caramel and plum-like fruitiness, alcohol is also noticeable.

The palate opens fruity oxidation with raisins and plums followed by the flavors of the base beer, some clove followed by a mild banana. Not as complex as the nose would suggest, I'm not picking up as much of the malt complexity. The alcohol might have something to do with it as it appears mid-palate and lingers on into the finish with a noticeable heat and warming character. The noticeable alcohol also has the effect of thinning out the beer a little, making the rather big body seem smaller than it is. Carbonation is on the moderate side. With a mild sweetness and an alcoholic bite on the finish, this is decent. Drinkability? Well, I'm going to be taking my time with this.

I am really kicking myself for having missed this on cask when it showed up in the area.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA; served in a chalice

A murky, dark brown in color with a white head that made it through the duration.

Smell of dark chocolate, wheat, dark malt, and fruity esters.

Slightly sweet, but very well-balanced between the chocolate, yeast, wheat, malt and fruit flavors. The alcohol is not hidden all that well, but it complements the flavor profile so well, it doesn't hurt.

Smooth and clean.

At 12%, it is a definite sipper..

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark garnet, brown, and rust juice color. No head and there is no way to see any bubbling in this beer. Even when you hold it up to the light. The aroma makes me think of a bozey cooked fruit. Pie filling cherrie in a can that have been cooked slow, stove top, in cognac. Very dark fruity and roasted flavors. Dark cherries taste like they've been roasted in the oven in some sherry or maybe even port wine. Viey tastes and palate mix with a well tempered alcoholic warmth and dark fruits. Great sipping beer. Perfect digestive.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, with "bottle number" of 2010 010318

appears a muddy brown color with almost purple tint. thin head that fades fast. boozy aroma, with bubble gum and fruity notes. interesting.

tastes of wheat, spicy herbal flavors, a touch of alcohol. bold taste. thick, but smooth.

overall - a bit more intense than the regular Aventinus.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy chestnut colour with a thin, light brown head. Fine bubbles formed sheets of lace on the glass. Bready yeast aroma with some warm alcohol, banana, clove, bubblesgum, and a vague tropical fruit character. Candy sweetness, breadiness, and banana hit the palate right away. More fruit, including banana, comes out towards the end. Spice stays quite mild throughout. Great depth of flavour with mild alcohol warmth. Full, almost heavy body, low carbonation. Smooth texture with some dryness due to the alcohol. Great complexity and balance - very enjoyable. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Bottle number 2007/14259 indicated on the back label. Poured the color and consistency of cola with a 1.5 inch sizzling and popping head that gradually recedes into a broken, sudsy cap (no lacing) - big clumps of floaties present in the solution (maybe I should have decanted this first). Nose is fairly vinous, with some additional dark fruits in the background and perhaps a hint of chocolate (this seemed more prevalent in the nose). Taste consistent with nose but a little booze also comes out - not as boozy as I anticipated though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent with a little bit of residual heat. Pretty drinkable considering the abv - somewhat reminiscent of a Quad IMO; however, this is my first eisbock. I have to say that I am intrigued and look forward to sampling more of this style.

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