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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 Guppy314
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle, pours a dark brown with a (for me) thin head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is mostly a clove-heavy spiciness. Taste is more malt forward, but there are a variety of interesting "spice" flavors … the only one I can actually name (sorry) is "cloves".

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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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Photo of Lukie
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a better way to bring in the New Year, then with an Eisbock! And boy does it bring in the new year~!
Poured out with a decent head, thick and foamy which slowly dropped into a nice lacing around a dark brown colour. This is gonna hit ya!

Smell is of sweet caramel, and caramelised sauce, like Grand Marnier in cooking. Lots of orange. Amazingly strong. No hint of alcohol at all! Just sweet!

The alcohol hits in the taste, with some dryness through-out the palate. Sweet malt, candy sugar, hints of plum and sultanas. Burnt Raisin in the back of the palate.

The body is moderate, not too heavy which is surprising given the maltiness. The alcohol tingles everything. You can definently feel the alcohol, but boy does it go down well. Compared to the first time I had this, I could possibly take more then just one of them.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Very yeasty. Fruity, banana. Banana bread. Bready. Spicy, cloves. Bubblegum. Dark fruits.

Looks: Very dark brown with ruby red highlights. Small-off white head that pulls a disappearing act like you wouldn't believe (poor head retention). No lace.

Taste: Brown sugar, cloves & spicy, yeasty flavours. It reminds me of guava ( a tropical fruit) juice. Banana. Alcohol bites your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Average carbonation. Alcohol bites your tongue.

Overall, I like it, but I prefer the wiezenbock much more.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock poured into a flute glass from a 11.2 oz. brown glass bottle.

Beer poured deep, cloudless mahogany color with a quick, fizzy head that didn't retain very well and left no lacing along the sides of the glass. The nose was quite good: dark, complex malts with strong tones of dark fruits and a lingering, sweet spiciness. The scents coming from This one are quite good. The mouthfeel was a thick, syrupy maltiness that slid about and around the tongue and left lingering alcohol taste on the pallette. The beer opens up and allows you quick glimpses into its narrow and interesting complexities: brown sugar and raisons along with other flavors poke up at you. Although the abv is aparent at the finish, this beer remains still deliciously drinkable although still hindered by it. I wouldn't reach for more than a few of these in a row on a single sitting, but I would drink it regularly if more available to me.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to this for sometime now. I remember trying this a year or two ago and didnt enjoy it, but this was prior to me learning more about beer and learning to enjoy real beer. Aventinus is without a doubt, my favorite beer, thus trying this is a treat.

Poured a beautifully thick dark hazy brown with a slight red touch. Wonderfull head rises up the glass.
Smell: Dates, spice, slight astringent alcohol.
Taste: SPICE, figs, Overripe banada. So wonderfull. More dense than the regular aventinus and more lingering spice. Unbelievable.

What a great beer, superb. I find it hard to believe ints 12% as i can not really taste that high of an alcohol content.

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Photo of dqrull
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, hazy brown with a much more prominent head than was expeted considering its ABV. The head looks really creamy, slightly beige and lasts for a few minuts before diminishing to a firm lid om the liquid.

Smells huuuge of bananas! Banana-candy and sweet rather heavy alcohol-aroma to it, reminds me of a banana-liqour I once tried. Although the bananas are very much in your face, there are lots of spicy and herbal notes, I get thyme and coriander the most, but also a hint of rosemary and a little cinnamon, really a unique nose!

Very heavy flavours here. An initial banana-sweetness coupled with some other fruits, a light hint of dried figs and green apples, a very broad fruitiness. All the while there are all these herbal notes treading along (cloves, thyme, rosemary and some white freshly ground black pepper) which makes for a very special drinking experience. It's not hard to relate to a normal weissbier, but here al the flavours are so much more pronoounced, and some minor hints that are really hard to find in normal-strength weissbiers are easier to get here, and they are enjoyable for sure. The beer finishes of with a sweet banana, a really clean banana flavour to be honest, really nice. The beer is really sweet throughout the whole tasting, and the alcohol is a little too much at times, not really balanced out, might be the eisbock-techniques doing, never tried one before.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, really syrupy and cloying, I usually dont have a problem with that if the beers massiveness can balance it out, but I dont get that here.

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

pours a dark, ruby red/brown with a quickly dissipating tan head that flows like a waterfall in my bud's pilsner. the smell is sweet prunes and lots of ruby port. liquorice, alcohol, and lots of plums overwhelm the nose with a sugary sweetness with faint backrounds with soft english malt. the taste starts with a coating grape tartness that engulfs the mouth in a syrup like manner. high alcohol warmth, banana, dark rum, and caramel spices. probably an after dinner sipper in my opinion because of the high ABV, heavy mouthfeel, and sugary maltiness, but still a great treat. thanks tippebrewcrew2.

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

Deep walnut brown with a small head. Heavy caramel in the aroma with some molasses and chcoclate covered cherries. The same flavors are echoed in the taste along with a little brown sugar and cloves. Well carbonated with a medium-full mouthfeel. Easy to drink for its strength. This is a really nice sipper to relax with.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is ridiculously good. As soon as I opened this bottle my nose was hit with an aroma so fine that I had to continue savoring it for several moments before I poured it. As far as the pour, head, lacing, blah, blah, blah-- don't care. What came next was a taste that I can only describe as liquid ecstasy. There's just so much going on with the complex favors in this beer (and I won't pretend that I have a palate so refined that I can identify every one) yet it still goes down so damn smooth. The only negative for me was that the carbonation was slightly less than what I would have preferred, but that may have a lot to do with how smooth the beer felt-- So is it really a negative?
I've had a few beers in my day and this one has to rank in my top five.

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Photo of musicman575
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to drink many of these if you're at a place where you have to order. "May I please have an Aventinus Weizen Eisbock" is something I can only say before I've even had one of said beer.

I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Weihenstephaner Vitus is what turned me on to the wheat bock styles, with their clovey, banana-y goodness and their sneaky high alcohol content. I first tried the regular aventinus and when I heard about an aventinus that was a more concentrated version I couldn't believe it.

I drink this beer out of a wine glass to remind me not to throw it down the hatch like I would with some oher beers (after the intial tasting of course). I don't think any of the flavors in this beer are subtle, but each sip is worth a savor.

I can drink this stuff all night... if I pace myself right

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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