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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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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Photo of titvs
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 2927260214. AROMA: sweet malty aromas with some esters reminiscent of dried grapes and prunes. strong vinous alcohol aroma present with a port like character and some bready-like notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: deep brown color and hazy with some material in suspension. average deep ivory head with good retention. viscosity derived from alcohol with pronunced legs. TASTE: sweet malty character with some caramel and vinous notes, balanced by a strong alcohol presence that is not harsh or solventy. Low bitterness just needed to balance the residual malt sweetness. low esters giving a somewhat clean lager profile. finishes sweet. PALATE: full and velvety body, reminding a liquor. low carbonation. very present alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an extremely delicious lager with a great balance between malt and alcohol.

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Photo of johnd513
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a big fizzy head that quickly disappears into nothing and leaves minimal lacing. The bottom of the glass has small chunks of yeast that would of been larger had i not swirled the the last few ounces before pouring. The smell has a medicinal aroma with ester and alcohol. Tastes of smooth and creamy malt flavors with clove, cinnamon and banana. The mouthfeel has a medium body with lots of carbination and a smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is good although I could not see myself drinking more than one due to the high abv and price.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

My number one favorite beer of all time is Aventinus' Wheat Dopplebock. I knew Schneider and Sons had a bevy of other brews in their stable, but they’ve been mostly hard to come by. So I was quite surprised to come upon single bottles of this one at my local soda pop and beer shop.

Normally I don’t read existing reviews before trying a new beer, but I was so perplexed by this one that I had to check suggested glassware and food parings before I indulged. How I missed the 12% ABV is beyond me – perhaps it was my excitement in finding another Aventinus variety that I didn’t have to book an overseas flight to get. Who knows? But the prospect of having something this strong – and reading that the high alcohol content was thinly veiled – intimidated me somewhat. Thankfully I’d be enjoying this one at home!

As others have noted, the brew pours like flat cola or a deeply colored tea. The two finger high tan colored head quickly dissipated as I poured the contents of a 12-oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (as recommended by the Bros Alstrom).

I was afraid that this would be a cloying, barley wine styled ale, but as I sip – and sipping here is key - I find that I’m pleasantly surprised.

This is not a composition for a big beer neophyte. As it is, the Dopplebock takes some working up to. However, this beer would be delicious as an apertif, or even a nice after dinner beer. I’m enjoying mine after a spicy, Cajun-styled pasta dish.

One thing you must do before serving this beer is to swirl before you pour. As I was enjoying my glass, I noted that there were huge particles – black when viewed looking down through the beer, and disturbingly cream colored when looking through the glass – floating around. Not very appetizing! I gave it a good swirl in the glass and you could hear the effervescence of the active yeasts bubbling like champagne.

Believe me – you’ll miss all that this beer has to offer if you fail to swirl – preferably in the bottle before your pour (silly me!). Thankfully I have a second bottle for a chance to get this right - on another night, of course.

Plums, dates…even a hint of clove or nutmeg, and caramel-chocolate undertones give this beer rich character. It could be the kissing cousin of a barley wine, but is nowhere near as cloying, and is thankfully absent the heavy syrupiness of holiday fruit loaves.

A deep sniff reveals the heavy alcohol content, yet the taste is smooth. I’m glad I’m done slicing and cooking, however, as I truly believe that I’d be greatly impaired to the point of risking injury by this one.

Truly a smooth, blankety mouthfeel, without feeling like you have sweaters on your teeth. Fizzy only when swirled, and settles to a near-creaminess. Drinkable? No. Worthy to be sipped, savored and enjoyed? Absolutely!

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what to expect from this one, and had no clue that I was going to be drinking something 12% ABV. Pours a dark red like black cherry. Fizzy white head quickly disappears. Aroma is of tart fruit, almost like a soured belgian ale. The flavor is of Black cherry, banana and spice with a dose of yeast and a warm alcohol, along with slight chocolate in the background . Similarities to hefeweizens are there but with more of a strong belgian or barleywine character. Incredibly smooth and rich, this is very easy to drink and a highly recommended beer.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Very nice looking beer - looks almost like coca-cola when held up to the light. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a very thin head that recedes to the perimeter of the glass.

S: Black cherry, roasted malts, sucrose and alcohol. There is also some lite spice and vanilla. Smells like a barleywine...

T: ...which makes sense since it tastes much like a barleywine. Very sweet but not cloyingly, there is barely any hop profile to this beer at all. Taste is an extension of the smell, with black cherry being the dominant flavor.

M: Highly carbonated, and for good reason; any less carbonation and this would be like drinking syrup.

D: Although the genesis of this beer is labeled as "mistake," that's hard to believe considering how well put together this beer is. Everything works in harmony, making this a joy to drink.

Seek out and buy a case.

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Photo of livingregret
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle 2007 / 01176

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown w/ a luscious 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing

Smell: Alcohol, banana, bubblegum, caramel and spice. As the beer warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

Taste: Almost light at first(banana's)followed by dark fruit, caramel and a touch of spicy warmness. Clove and cinnamon come through. Very tasty

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit lacking. It really coats the inside of your mouth w/ a....cough syrup like feel to it.

Drinkability: Well at being 12% alcohol it would be hard to have more than 1 or 2 of these during a single night....

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Photo of counselor
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wicked brew, chock full of flavors. It pours a dark muddy brown with yeast floaties and a tall stiff head that thins out gradually. The beer smells awesome, rich roasted and caramel notes, deep nuts and candied fruits, sugary rich malt and nutty yeast aromas. The flavors are thick and layered baked apples and cinniman, clove, nuts, plums and, oh yeah alcohl on the back end. This is a beer that should be savored slowly to appreciate the layers of complex flavors. The mouthfeel was chewey and rich with well balanced carbonation. A tsaty beeer indeed

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

This was the most tempting option available at my local bar (which always has an excellent selection of beers), so I went with it. Glad I did.

Appearance - Rich, tons of head, and quite inviting.

Smell - Somewhat floral, at least for the style. Other than that, pretty it pretty much had an aroma of what it tasted like.

Taste - Quite malty, and I'd imagine it would go well with a cigar. Hints of vanilla, but a stronger presence of toffee, dates, and caramel. The alcohol is barely noticeable behind all the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Absolutely exquisite. Very silky and velvety. I have never had a beer quite so luscious. Exceptional.

Drinkability - Surprisingly high, considering how complex and heavy it is.

Overall, this beer was extremely enjoyable. I would not hesitate to get it again, and in fact, I'll probably try to get it often.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. numbered bottle 13548 edition 2002.

Appearance: Minimal head dissapates quickly. Carbonation is finer than the orginal Aventinus.

Aroma: The smells alone indicate the presents of a beer deity. Full and perfumey in the nose with raisins and plums dominating the sweet smells.

Taste: Sweet and malty with several fruit flavors dominating the palate: raisins, plums, pomegranit. Cinnamon and other spices (clove). Full and bready in the mouthfeel, chewy and thick.

Overall: I have climbed the peak of Mt. Olympus. The fat lady has sung--yadda, yadda, yadda.

Note: I rate high ABV beers that hide their alcohol content well, with a high drinkability, despite the fact I could not drink several in one evening.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 11.2 ounce bottle # 2010 017026. Pours a deep mahogony topped with a one and a half finger light tan head that disappated quickly, leaving only a trace of lacing.

S- Sweet fruit, berries, malt, and clove.

T- More or less follows the nose, perhaps adding a touch of caramel. Definite clove taste on finish.

M- Somewhat full and quite creamy. Has a unique thickness feel on the tongue. Slightly warm finish on the swallow.

O- Absolutely delicious. Quite potent. Definitely a "keeper". Will purchase again and again.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- very fast dissipating head with a black hue to the beer, not the classic German look
-best smelling lager style beer i have every put to my nose, the alot of dark fruit notes with some German yeast in the mix, quite a bit to sit and pick through
-Hands down the best lager style beer i have had, great dark fruit flavors like a quad but with the crispness of a lager, underlying wheat body very smooth
-for a beer that has so many notes it may feel overpowering but it is one of the smoother beers i have had, the flavor goes in and it all ties together
-One of the best beers i have had i will remember this for time to come and drink many more

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Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rich dark brown/almost black in color, a thin white head that reduced very quickly but retained decently

S- strong aromas of heavy malt sweetness as well as that bannana-hefe wheat smell, with notes of rasins and chocolate

T- rich flavorfu malt taste, alnong with the bannana/raisin flavor decribed in the smell

M- very thick, almost syrupy, very low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- not very drinkable in large doses, something to definitely drink occasionally, takes a while to get through a pint of the stuff

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

A very dark burnt amber color with a thick fizzy off white head. A fair amount of sediment stuck at the bottom of the bottle, which is pretty tough to pull up and adds a light brown haze cloud to the glass. Smells very malty and grassy with a fruity alcohol aroma. Taste is great. Malty like a wheat beer and malty like a bock. A sharp oily sting covers my pallet. Cheers.

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Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L purchased from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY.

My first eisbock, not to mention a weizen-eisbock. Apparently this beer is created from a mixture frozen at 20F, and they only sell 120 cases per month.

On the pour, this beer looks like pepsi/coke - a reddish mahogany. The color is different than anything I've seen before. Head is minimal and ranges from light tan to white. Sediment present as small rounded lumps...these are tossed about within the beer as the carbonation is released. This lasts for some time despite the relative lack of head.

Smells of caramel/malt/spice/banana. The taste is not far off...spice and banana and orange. Very sweet, which is slightly offputting to me. A slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The 12% doesn't manifest right away but you will feel it in the aftertaste. This is one of the only beers I've had that leaves me with a stinging feeling on my tongue.

This is virtually 3 beers in one. A bottle of this size is enough to give a pretty calming buzz. Despite that I honestly don't feel the drinkability is as low as most other beers in this ABV range.

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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 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 BeerGodz
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep ruby/brown, slightly cloudy with a nice head that hung out for a while, yet left little lacing

Smell: Cloves, and dark fruit - raisins & prunes

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol bite, cloves, and other spices. Finish: Banana, raisin, clove, caramel, sweet malt - very complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and smooth. This is 12% abv??? I never would have guessed. Having said that, the carbonation is also higher than expected, but still on point

Drinkability: I am savoring every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This beer is essentially a concentrated version of Aventinus Weizenbock. The flavor is intense and the incredible finish just keep going and transforming. Seriously, I did not think it could get any better than their Weizenbock, but I stand corrected. Hey, sometimes it feels good to be wrong ;)

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Photo of hungryghost
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 5911 of the 2002 batch.
Cloudy, dark walnut appearance, short lived head.
This is the first time I have described a beer this complex. There is a whole lot going on here.
Hints of wheat, fruit, yeast, and a rich malt aroma.
Heavy malt flavorings, fruit, strong sweetness, some spice. I guessed this one had a high ABV, there is a pungent alcohol taste.
Worth diving into once in a while. I think it would be hard to put down more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of mschind
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a recommendation from our brew club expert.

A- Murky reddish brown with a persistent off white creamy head that coats the glass. Very leggy as you expect of a 12 ABV beer. Cloudy is good here since it is a wheat beer.

S- Rich dark malt with floral and fruit notes that swirl together and recombine into something a little different with each sip. And I do mean sip with this one.

T- Like the nose, the flavor shifts across the palate. Dark fruit, fresh cherry and very little bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but it will sneak up.

M- Full, smooth and well carbonated which captures the wheat beer style and avoids being syrupy. No heat from the alcohol.

O- This is one amazing beer. A wheat ice dopplebock. Complex like a good cognac and I could see savoring this with a good cigar.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviewing this beer as I feel my greater exposure to craft beer over the course of this year coupled with my maturation as a drinker has tempered some of my early, almost childlike, exuberance in regards to this brew.

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a deep almost deep-violet brown into the snifter and gives rise to about half a finger of off-white head. Some swirling leaves hearty dabs of lacing even as the head bubbles away leaving a ring behind. Looks inviting.

Aroma-I still say this has perhaps the best aroma in all of beerdom, it's just magnificent. A massive phenolic assault of cloves with something of a medicinal quality, like a really concentrated version of regular Aventinus really. This is accompanied by the aroma of dark and slightly tart fruits with the musty aroma of raw grain. It's just so complex, and so intoxicating.

Taste-Huge wave of deep, dark, sweet malt on contact; tastes of rum, toffee, honey and a variety of other dark malty flavors. Cloves literally appear all throughout, making their impact upon all the aforementioned flavors and taking over in full towards the middle. Some alcohol warmth. A bit of a coarse raw-wheat flavor comes through towards the finish but the weiss cloveyness remains all throughout ending everything on a soft note.

Mouthfeel-Thick, rich and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability-Other than the 12%abv, this beer is really drinkable.

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Photo of RepMichigan
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark walnut caramel color, a bit hazy, two finger head on pour that dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet figs odor little bit of alcohol, mostly smell sweetness

Taste: as it smelled it was sweet, alcohol comes through towards the end, not prolific but still there. Not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation is there, alcohol fumes are present

Overall: i did enjoy this beer a lot, the sweetness is more apparent as it got more towards room temp. Something that i will revisit when i am in the mood for this style

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Photo of Fader
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer was less than a year old, maybe it needs to be bottled longer.

A - Very dark brown, cloudy, almost no head.

S - Very nice nose, heavy banana, slight booze, peppery notes.

T - Still has the banana, but somewhat fruity, boozy, overall an outstanding taste for the abv.

M - Some carbonation, slight burn.

O - Very good beer with fairly intense flavor for a strong beer, worth it.

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Photo of utah44
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank a pint at the Bulldog Tavern and Emporium of Fine and Most Excellent Brews and Spirits. Average head and carbonation with a credible amount of lacing. Smell of alcohol and malts. Color was bodacious. Mouthfeel was like heavenly night blooming jasmine with a hint of mirliitons and cypress buds. Taste was equally balanced with flowers and trees. This brew should be in the Hall of Fame of eisbocks. I'll never forget tonight and this brew even if was overpriced compared to ma favorite IPAs.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Eisbock. Looking forward to it- the only thing I know about Eisbocks are from the BJCP guidelines. Its Christmas Eve, the kids are in bed, the wife is wrapping gifts, so I think this is a great time to review this beer!

The appearance is a somewhat opaque/translucent dark brown with an off-white head that is gathering at the sides of the pour. Almost stout or porter like until you hold it up to the light. Smells of dried dark fruits like raisins or plums, very malty and slight alcohol. Tastes sweet, dried fruits, toasted malt, some alcohol evident, and a dry crisp finish. This is an intense beer with many developed flavors, and I find it interesting that hop flavors are not one of them. This may be the antithesis of an American Barleywine. Mouthfeel is full, and low carbonation. This one is a sipper, and is developing more of a flavor profile as it warms.

From what I understand, this is a difficult and time consuming beer to make. First it must be brewed to a higher strength, then frozen to concentrate, then lagered for a long period of time. This one is a nice alternative to other high strength, highly hopped ales like American Barleywines, Russian Imperial Stouts and Imperial IPAs. Highly recommeded-just to expand the palate perspective! Merry Christmas!

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

This pours out a brownish plum color with loads of carbonation rushing up. Not much head so to speak, but I didn't expect one. Smell is primarily alcohol and yeast with some sugared raisins and sweet dark fruits mixing around. This reminds me of a red wine, actually, maybe something like a cabernet sauvignon.

The taste isn't boozy at all, unlike the telling smell. I get a ton of alcohol warmth, but the main show is a very tender yeast and wheat. It reminds me of cream cheese a bit. Very soft and delicate the way they work together. Tons of dark fruit and sweetness work their way around in here, especially at the end where the nice "spike" of tartness hits. I half expected this to be a sludgefest, but this is surprisingly smooth and well carbonated. I'm sipping this thing way too fast, and the crisp finish only leaves me wanting more.

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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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