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 100floods
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased at BevMo. Haven't had this in a while and I thought I'd work on my 'german', bad joke. Bottle says it was bottle in 2009. I'm curious as to when in 2009. This bottle be a year old and I wouldn't know!

Poured chilled into a wide mouth wine glass. Without getting near the glass I can already smell alcohol and slight sugary malt notes. No head, and the hue of the brew is a murky cola color. Upon taking a proper whiff this smells like a strong bock beer. The alcohol isn't cutting through as much as I thought, but the malt certainly is. I smell some kind of fruit dipped in alcohol. It's refreshing and pleasant. Decent amount of carbonation cuts through my pallet. Notes of sugar and dark fruit are present with an alcoholic after taste that almost reminds of of cough syrup, but in a good way. Perfect for sipping. There's more carbonation than I would like, but what can I do? At 12% this is a great beer to take your time with, you'll definitely only need one of these.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the less appealing cousin of the great Aventinus Wheat Beer. The taste of the malt and alcohol overwhelms some of the fruit tastes and other flavors, making this a less drinkable beer than regular Aventinus. Still, it's a complex and rich brew, well worth trying.

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Photo of bareju
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Poured ruby-red with a white head that quickly dissipated.

S: Smell is definitely dominated by bananas and alcohol - may be better out of a pint glass.

T: Fruity, dates, plums, bananas comes through strongly, accompanied by sweet caramel malts and a sweet toffee and slightly alcoholic finish. For 12%, the alcohol is impressively hidden.

M: Medium body and carbonation, light coating on mouth. Very pleasant.

O: Delicious brew - flavor profile is very similar to their Tap 6, but everything is kicked up a notch. Alcohol is hidden well and this is actually a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, slightly cooler than room temp. The eisbock appears in my glass a clear brown liquid, with highlights of garnet. Carbonation rises slowly though the obviously full body. Arespectable thick beige head appears at first pour and quickly fades to a thin rim of lacing about the edges of my snifter.

Aroma is very sweet, with a bit of cooca and reolant with mature fruit, a tiny bit of banana in there too. Taste very full and complex, with plums and raisins mingling with caramely sweetness and a spicy hint of alcohol. Body is nicely full and the eisbock drinks dangerously smooth. Finish is sticky sweet with with a lingering touch of tartness. Very fulfilling beer, worthy of aging if you can hold on to it that long.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Looks very much like Aventinus, with the combination of orange wheat haziness and dark chocolate tones. Obviously a little darker and clearer than Aventinus. Poured with very little head--a brief flourish is all it gave. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Very mellow rendition of the chocolate, banana, pepper and orange nose of Aventinus. More molasses, raisins and orange zest with a metallic hops/booze finish.

Taste: This beer immediately strikes with a mellow brandy booze bristle, followed by molasses, raisins and sweet malts. The wheat removes the bready quality of regular barley-based doppelbock, while boosting the fruits and some of the sweet notes and the wheat sours typical of a weizen. Full citrus wheat background, with a slightly dry finish and a little booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth--more drinkable than the regular Aventinus. Mellow and sweet but perfectly balanced. Low carbonation provides for a very clean and drinkable beer.

Drinkability: My tastebuds are still saying "Wow". I admire this version as much as regular Aventinus, albeit for the deft ice filtering and clean flavor. Fantastic--I wish I had six more.

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

Pours a deep brown to mahogany. White, four finger head. Decent lacing.

Smells like chocolate bread with berries. Yeasty, thick, bready, and malty. Like a beer milkshake.

Wow the taste is complex. Thick and bready but clean. Chocolate and raspberries. It's almost like a dessert quad. Lots of different flavors come together. Pumpernickel, chocolate, raspberries, blackberries, wheat toast, toffee, caramel. Not overly rich. Smooth and creamy. Just delicious.

Hides its high abv very well. I have to say it again: dessert quad. Easy to drink and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a murky brown with a lot of chunks, half finger head
S: Banana, cloves, chalky, vanilla, half baked bread, sweet malt
T: A hefewiezen on steroids, you can really taste the alchohl in this one, packs a sweet malty boozy punch, aftertaste is clean
F: Very heavy, quite thick, low carbonation, creamy
O: A very heavy beer that would be good with a large steak, worth a try

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Photo of mattmaples
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Come on guys, I love this beer to but you can not give it a 5 or even a 4 on appearance. It looks like mud but tastes like a little slice of heaven. I did ding it a little on drinkablitiy due to the alcohol heat but the smell taste and mouthfeel are perfect.

What a great idea, "Lets take an alread intense beer and crank it up a notch or two." I hope they continue to make this, I also hope that someday we get some to sell up here in Oreon.

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Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2008 with number 16584. Poured a reddish dark brown with no head and a lot of big chunks of yeast in it. Smells of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and alcohol. A lot of malt and spice in the flavor. Some caramel, chocolate, a lot of toffee. Clove. Mouthfeel is lighter in body than I would have expected, but very creamy. Some slickness to it. Drinkability is good, especially for 12% alcohol.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
1.83/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: maple syrup to brown. Slightly off white head.

S: German malty and slight bitey that's unpleasant. Maybe Belgian yeasty. Maybe tiniest smoke and spiciness.

T: malty with tons of residual sweetness. Lacking any bitterness.

M: thin overall

O: not good. Won't ever buy or recommend to anyone. Just not my style.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a journal entry from 12/30/09

Appearance: Very dark brown, maple colour. Dark amber. Very thin head served in an oversized wine glass.

Smell: Very strong, thick, and alcoholic aromas float up from the glass. The real prominent sense is of sweetness, smells almost like syrup.

Taste: Sweet at first, a slight flavour of coffee malts are present in the aftertaste. Very strong taste for the alcohol content but it is not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly fizzy and carbonated rather than thick and syrupy which is what I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Given the ABV of this beer it is rather smooth and unabrasive. Definitely should not be consumed too quickly.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much head on this one, but that's to be expected at 12%ABV. Dark red-brown body looks OK, but is unremarkable.

The aroma reminds me of a sweet or semi-sweet red wine. Very fruity with some definite alcohol. Some clove/banana character does show up as it warms.

The taste is potent. This is the most intensely flavorful beer I've taste yet - moreso than Samichlaus or Abt 12. It's so intense that it's a little hard to get a reading on the individual components but there's definitely the banana and clove parts as well as a winey component that reminds me again of a sweet wine, but without the balancing acid. Lots of alcohol.

The body is medium-thick with too prickly carbonation. Less or creamier carbonation would work better here.

As much as the flavor of this one is pleasant, the drinkability is terrible for me. It's just too intensely sweet and flavorful and there's too much alcohol.

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

Bottle # 014743

Deep mahogany color, semi-clarity. Beige, creamy froth head, and some grayish bottom sediment.

Smells of molasses, prunes, rust, and baseball gloves.

Immediately I taste dates and cognac. Then come alcohol and oak. Some of the flavor of caramel, but about 1/3 of the sweetness factor, so it is never a cloying sweetness at all. Dried mashed fruit pulp and cognac pervade, but at times the alcohol can be a bit hot. A wuss might struggle with this one.

At first I almost wondered if this was brewed with a belgian yeast because of the mouthfeel. Of course this would be tomfoolery. That notion aside, this is fairly dry, smappy in the beginning and a little bit dead in the end.

Drinkability and notes: Bottle didn't say ABV, and I was guessing 10-11%. Here I find out it was 12. Well, no wonder. The flavor is a bit more complex than I described, but was at a loss for words at some points.
I was thinking that wheat would be a big playere here, with this billed a weizen eisbock. Well, i didn't find it to be that exactly. I didn't pick up on wheat in the nose. No worries though. This was a steal at 3 bucks a pop.

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Photo of Hex92
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer ALOT. Its amazing that it can have such a high alcohol content and not taste like it. Pours dark with a decent head and when you smell it you know you are in for a treat. It does have more kick than the regular Aventinus, but I think I like this one better. I guess I will find out for sure when I sit down and rate it one of these days.

I had to wait for almost 6 months to get a case of this stuff from my local store and it was worth the wait. The best part about buying in quantity is being able to drink 2 in a row.

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Photo of jim102864
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap in Decatur, GA of all places. Stop by the Brick Store Pub if you're ever in the Atlanta area. You won't be disappointed.

Appearance of this Weizen Eisbock was light brown in color with some evidence of bubbly carbonation. In this instance, it was poured into a gorgeous proper glass which had a long stem with the Adventinus label on it that opens into a goblet and has the label found on the bottle. Simply a great presentation. The head was as white as can be and hung in for most of the session.

The aroma was punctuated by the smell of wheat and malt with some fruitness. Overall very clean.

The taste was clean wheat, slightly sweet with maltiness through to the finish.

Mouthfeel was viscous but very smooth. Some evidence of alcohol in the finish but it clearly takes a backseat to the malty flavor.

This is a very drinkable brew that is not heavy handed in the taste when it comes to alcohol despite the aggresive 8% abv. Enjoy it on tap or in a bottle.

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

Enjoying a rare gravity keg, aged, verison of this beer at Maxs in Baltimore. It pours a hazy, thick, light chocolate brown body and off white creamy head. Smells of bananas, and sour funk mostly. Tastes of mild malt at first, followed by sweet banana, and a mellow hint of alcohol. The real flavor comes at the end where the sour funk and acidity hit you taste buds instead of hopps. The funk is not bad though, think of a mild lambic or farmhouse sasion. This of it this way, the beer still has balance, close to perfect balance when you concider the alcohol and sour funk flavors goin on. Mouthfeel is smooth from the natural cask. Drinkability is average for a beer of this style. This is a pint or two type of beer, not an all night'er.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely carbonated, the 11.2oz beer overflowed my 14oz pilsner glass faster than you can say Weizen-Eisbock. The head soon completely disappeared. I swirled the last oz of beer in the bottle and poured the yeast into my glass. The beer has a light brown/red cloudy appearance. The nose is full of raisins, the typical hefeweizen esthers (cloves/bananas) and a touch of alcohol. Taste is malty and fruity with a definite alcohol finish. The alcohol kick in the finish cuts down on drinkability a bit. Otherwise an excellent beer; perfect for a cold winter night.

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Photo of timbro81
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with little to no head. Smells of deep, complex, rich malts mingled with noticable banana and clove scents and some licorice too. As it sits in my mouth the first thing I notice is that I can hear it bubbling in my mouth! It really comes alive in there. Taste is of dense malts, deep. The banana and clove aren't nearly as prominent. It is a fairly thick beer that coats the mouth. The aftertaste is bready and boozey.

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

A - Dark brown, thick and hazy with a little head and a bit of fizz.
S - Sweet and fruity smelling, notes of molasses and prunes with the boozy sting.
T - Quite fruity and strongly sweet. Tastes a bit of alcohol, but not much. Remarkably smooth
M - Quite effervescent with a pleasantly medium body.
D - Amazingly decent, much better than the massive ABV might suggest.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Somewhat cloudy, brown beer with a light head that dissapates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing. I sort of expected this based on style.
Aroma - Sweet and caramel. Bready and yeasty with hints of fruit and toffee.
Taste - Sweet and sugary initially then some light peppery notes and a bit of a syrupy finish. The alcohol comes a moment later as a hot burn in the nose.
Mouthfeel - Medium to thick. Somewhat like flat Coca Cola.
Drinkability - It's very tasty and I enjoy drinking it but I know one bottle an evening would pretty much be the max for me.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just for info: there's a new label style that leaves out the word 'weizen'.

This beer is super intense. It pours a murky brown colour with very little head. Not all that appetizing. However, the smell is really pleasant, completely overloaded with spices. The first whiff really hits you. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but not nearly as much as yo might expect from a 12% beer. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Not a session beer, but good for once in a while!

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a few of these a while ago. I'd put them in my fridge but for some strange reason I couldn't bring myself to opening this one. Weird but true.

Poured into a snifter.

A rather agressive pour produced just one finger of foam that left quickly. Minimal amouts of lacing so I was left with something that looked like coca cola without all the bubbles.

Loads of smells on this would keep you from thinking it actually is coca cola. There is a soap like scent mixed with booze. Lots and lots of sweetness.

Flavors are intense but I just can't get passed the soapy chemical qualities in this beer. There is also dark fruits, banana and all that. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Medium to full body. Lots of flavors that linger around.

I guess it's good. The soapy thing is just something I have a hard time with. I have one more left but think I will just pass it on.

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Photo of lancecenter
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle bought from Whole Foods in Austin and poured in to a New Belgium snifter. 2011 date printed on back.

A - The darkest of browns with a couple fingers of head that quickly dissipates in to a thin ring. Large amount of sediment on the bottom. But where's the lacing?

S - Wow. Banana and cloves with a strong alcohol backbone.

T/M - Nice thick mouthfeel. Can a beer be both syrupy and dry? Some spiciness upfront, with some sweet breadiness in the middle, and a killer alcohol kick in the back.

O - Let's be honest, the eisbock is the beer snob's version of Keystone Ice. A cool brew that's definitely worth a try, but not near as good as the original Tap 6.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep, dark and hazy. Carbonation provides a medium head with decent retention all they way towards the end of the pint.

Smell - unexpectedly mild. I thought this high octane eisbock would reek of booze but it is rather quite pleasant. Sweet perfumy alcohol and roasty, spicy and yeasty.

Taste - very nice and slightly complex. Similar to what you smell. Sweet and tons malty. A sweet start contains chocolate and dried fruit notes. The banana and clove are less than what I thought they would be for a wheat-based beer. The middle is only slightly coarse from the high alcohol. The finish is smooth citrus with nice lingering bubblegum complexity. Fits the style very well and has a little more complexity than I originally anticipated. I love this beer. Should it be called an eisweizen instead?

Mouthfeel - heavy body like a light syrup. Goes down smooth with nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy drinking still at the end of my pint for a 12%... Fuck... suddenly I realize I'm bombed... What the hell happened?...

The head retention is short but the aroma is great - a bit boozy, sweet malt, yeasty, dark fruits, chocolate, a bit more banana bread and clove maybe... The finish has less citrus I think. Very smooth

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest, darkest ambery purple, with an inch and a half of fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Booze, cloves, and bananas on the nose. Did I mention the booze?
Big booze in the front, followed by clove-y, banana-y, yeasty, goodness, followed by more booze. The alcohol is definitely loud at this party, but compliments the big sweetness.
Great carbonation, thick.
This, and regular Aventinus hold a special place in my heart for being some of the first craft beer I've ever drank and they still hold up after all my experiences.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,600 ratings.
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