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

2,616 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle number 2010 031733 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a dark nutty brown color with ruby highlights and a 1/2 finger bubbly very light tan head. Very little lacing, but that's to be expected at 12% ABV.

Smell: Smells very much like a sweeter version of a weizenbock. Dark fruit is dominant with caramel malt, a touch of clove and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit and caramel malt up front followed clove and a touch of phenols in the middle before ending with a light bitterness and a touch of medicinal alcohol. Very well-balanced for a beer of this ABV%.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Feels a bit slick on the tongue. Nice alcohol warmth through the chest after the swallow.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily for a beer this big.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This is my first eisbock and this one has made me curious to check out other beers in the style. I'd definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purplish burgundy with off-white head that fades. Aroma of dark wheat, prunes, grapes, booze. Tastes of prunes, grapes, dark wheat, medicinal flavor, booze, minor apricots. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty tame for 12% ABV.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here I sit, finishing off my bottle of Aventinus Weizen Eisbock after drinking the majority to fortify myself as I wrapped a few last minute Christmas presents. It's 11:30 Pacific time, almost Christmas, but I feel I will be sleeping in a bit tomorrow.
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, number 10550, 2004 vintage, into one of my favorite tasting glasses, Aventinus Eisbock had a semi-clear brown hue and some yeast-imbued sedimentary chunks that settled to the bottom. The off-white head was modest and quickly shrank down to a thin collar, leaving no lace.
The nose had elements of bready malt like dark rye bread, fruity esters of raisin and plum, a sneaking spiciness and a blast of alcohol. The taste was quite sweet on various levels. First was the fruity swwetness of raisins and grape juice overlaid with plum, followed by a sweet caramel malt note. More fruity sweetness came through in the form of banana and a hint of vanilla. Then, after a short-lived detour to some mild spicy hops taste, it was back to the sweet, this time brought on by the smooth alcohol bite that left a glowing warmth in the chest as each taste was swallowed. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and rich.
Overall, I found myself liking this beer the more I sipped. The alcohol content isn't subtle by any stretch and that limits this beer a bit. However, it was a nice late night relaxing beer that will ensure that Santa's reindeer crashing onto my rooftop won't roust me from the blissful slumber I will soon embark on once I finish this beer.

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

Pours a deep brown with golden tints around the edges with a thick frothy tan head. Lacy. Some fizz. Smells of wheat malt and ripe banana. Light cloves and light caramel. Yeasty.

Big alcohol up front. Smooths into malty wheat and really yeasty. Spicy. Cloves shoine through and banana not as evident. Rich maltiness throughout. Rich malty aftertaste that lingers sticky on the palate. The bit of alcohol burn in this one brings down the drinkability but still a nice beer. Happy to cellar the others for now.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy dark purplish brown with a large amount of head on top.

Has that refreshing smell that screams wheat beer to me, although I don't exactly know how to describe it.

Mixed in the taste I pick up cherries, chocolate, grapes, root beer... maybe some other fruit in there as well. Very complex and interesting. Alcohol is not very noticeable and hidden well. I haven't really had too many of these stronger wheat beers before but this one is pretty damn good. I'll definitely check out more in the future.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first eisbock, not sure if i'm ready for it. here goes.

Quite a beautiful looking brew. Deep deep amber in color, almost purple like with no visibility through the liquid. Surprisingly, a rather large head forms of an off white color. Dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Smells like a typical weizen bock but with a bit of alcohol present. Clove banana bread and bubble gum are all there along with some dark fruit bowl scents.

Wow surprisingly beer like in quality. High carbonation. Thought the freezing of the water out wouldve made this taste less beer like but it really just tastes like schneider aventinus on crack. Big dark fruit and clove presence with a big banana finish. Overall spicy from start to finish with hidden phenolics and a touch of booze. Overall though pretty awesome. I think i like this more than the standard aventinus. Drinks more like a strong belgian dark ale than anything. I'm impressed with this beer making method and it's tastiness. 12% alcohol? Maybe, but i'll drink it like its 5%.

very spicy, just a warning. (not hot, clove spice)

tastes like a huge weizen bock, not bad.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, caramel, rum, and plumbs all mix together in the aroma. Fizzy, soda-style, light brown colored head disappeared after a minute leaving only a ring of bubbles around the surface of the beer. Yeasty banana flavor quickly overrun by a sweet caramel malt flavor which fades just as the alcohol warms the stomach. Dark brown colored beer with an amber hue. Lots of large floaties of varying shapes, which would worry me in any other beer. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed at cellar temperature. On the sweet side, but there are plenty of interesting flavors in there. A big, strong, malty beer.

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Photo of KeefD
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number 2008/08529

Poured into a snifter a hazy dark brown color with a smallish off white head that fell quickly leaving behind zero lacing. Aroma is lightly smokey, some raisins and mustiness. A little bit of fruitiness comes through as it warms, hints of banana and spice with some earthy, funky yeast. It almost has BSDA nose to it. Flavor is quite strong, notes of grapes, apples, bubble gum, rum soaked dark fruits, yeast, and spice. Lots of heat from the alcohol and the subsequent burn on the way down. It tastes pretty good, but the alcohol is just a bit too much for me.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a shade or two darker than iced tea, murky with a finger or so of head building up. Quickly fizzes out and leaves a collar around the edges.

As I'm pouring, before my nose is even in the glass, banana is wafting out. Close inspection also reveals a hefty dose of cloves, a hint of anise, figs and perhaps a squeeze of pear.

Taste mirrors the nose with an added measure of cloves, a hint of plum. High level of residual sweetness, slow alcohol burn as it trickles down the throat. Almost cola like, a little medicinal dryness in the finish, pretty spicy.

A beer to be reckoned with, 500ml of 12% beer can take you for a whirl - part way through the pint you notice the warming. A nightcap for sure and with the high level of sweetness I'm not sure if I can really rate it very high on the drinkability scale. I imagine some time in the cellar would smooth this one out a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-30-08
2004 Vintage

Pours a vile mess, deep brown in color with a ton of chunky, yeast floaters.

Smell is very sweet, dark fruits with malted milk balls. Boozy at the end, with a wine-like finish.

Taste is thick and fruity, and very warmingl. The finish dry and tart, from the booze. Not overly sweet, and does not taste overly aged.

Mouthfeel is good, very viscous and meaty.

Drinkability is not super good, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known.

Overall, alot like a Belgian strong dark ale. Very deep and fruity with a wine character. Recommended, just don't pour out the yeast.

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

Poured from a 33 cl little into a pint glass, bottled in 2011. This a dark brownish tea color with a massive but short lived tan head with a significant amount if carbonation still bubbling up from the bottom. The smells are very present and strong, ripe fruit, plums, candy and toffee malts. The feel is thick and full of carbonation. The taste is good, lots of malts, small hop bite, ripe fruit, sugar and a notice alcohol flavor / burn.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/26/14. Dark brown pour. Outstanding head volume, poor lacing and almost normal retention.

Wonderful nose of dark fruit (raisin, prune, date), hints of banana and clove over a rich malt base. As it warms, medicinal alcohol notes become dominant.

Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class and packs a wallop. It begins with a wave of dark fruit, that is mostly prune, over a clove background that is always present. As the prune fades, a balancing malt sweetness emerges. The middle becomes a bit medicinal from the alcohol and has a subtle bitterness underneath. As the finish approaches, malts make their strongest showing over notes of clove and dark fruit. The finish is a long slow medicinal alcohol fade leaving a pucker and burn at the back of the throat.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite representation of an eisbock. Pours to a clear-ish caramel amber color. Simply a beautiful hue, remniscient of one of those polychromatic paint jobs that seem to shift colors in different lighting angles. The beer pours with a very thin, highly effervescent head that crackles like champagne bubbles. However, lack of carbonation severely hinders the staying power of the head, but frankly I was quite surprised to see what little I did based on the style and its characteristicly high ABV. Subsequently there is little to no lacing, though it does leave a little clear syrupy coating that slowly finds its way back to the rest of the liquid.

The smell is great. The wheat and yeast have imparted a great banana and clove aroma in the forefront, along with the strong fruity aromas traditionally associated with the style. Almost has a bit of a grapey red wine aroma, but combined with the malt and banana/clove it is distinctly beer.

The taste has a thick syrupy caramel flavor with the banana and clove on the forefront. Undertones of maple syrup and earthy berry flavors. Not too cloyingly sweet like some eisbocks tend to be. The alcohol is actually very well hidden as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, obviously. Lots of residuals stick to the palate. Finishes a bit dry. As far as eisbocks go, this is pretty much as drinkable as it can get.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown opaque brew that pours with a creamy 1.5 finger head which seemingly lives forever. A tiny ring of lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas and a touch of phenols. Alcohol leaks through as it warms - a whole lot near room temp.

T - At first abv is undetectable, but it really sticks out later. A malty thick wheat character with a touch of bananas and allspice. A mild malty bitterness that makes for a smooth finish.

M - Extremely thick, chewy even, froths in the mouth nicely, only moderately refreshing though.

D - Rather good. Dangerous drinkable for a 12%'er. Honestly though, I will probably never have this beer again. Aventinus is vastly superior to its own eisbock counterpart. The alchol just kills the beer here. For the same price, I can drink MORE Aventinus and get drunk less quickly. An excellent beer, but with a better cousin.

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Photo of biggred1
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Muddy brown with nice particles of suspended yeast.Decent fine creamy tan head with minimal lacing.

S-Big ripe fruity and a "circus peanut" candy aroma mingle with the usual ripe banana and clove.

T-Fruity and spicy with caramel maltiness and faint citrus and a lasting warming alcohol in the almost vinous finish, coats the tongue.

M-Silky carbonation with a smoothness unmatched by most.

D-Dangerously drinkable. A seriously top notch beer.

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Photo of SStein
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

11.2 oz brown bottle
"Bottle number: 2007 / 02443"

a: A hazy brown with a fizzy light tan head.

s: The nose has the sweet bubble gum/banana aromas of a Hefeweizen.
Some cloves, dark fruit and alcohol in there as well.

t: Prunes, figs, banana caramel and sweet malt make up the bulk of the flavor.
The sweetness of the malt is similar to a cola. Very complex, reminds me of a dessert wine.

m: Carbonation like a cola, but a bit syrupy and chewy.

d: It is very sweet, I wouldn't want more than one.
Its an enjoyable experience though, very interesting.
The alcohol is noticeable, but for 12% it doesn't have much burn.
I would reccomend trying this one.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 00459 (2007).
A: Poured from 11.2oz bottle into cervoise. Cloudy dark cinnamon hue with light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Banana, clove, and bread. Simply wonderful!
T: Mmmm...taste well reflects the aroma...that wonderful banana and clove combo. Not very complex, but with this amazing taste...who cares?! Slight fresh bite to it (I would guess this softens with cellaring).
M: Slightly slick on the tongue...doesn't coat.
D: Very tasty brew and the high ABV is completely unnoticeable (that is until after you finish the last drop!). I love this style and it is a wonderful representative. Highly recommended.
I've seen cellaring has been recommended...I look forward to revisiting this one over the next few years.

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Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of brureview
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice. This is my first Eisbock tasting.
The beer poured a deep molasses color with a two fingered head, yielding a pleasant frothiness.

This is one of most complex beers I have ever tasted. There is an overpowering fruit smell. The finish- highly complex, exhibits mint, fruit, molasses, with alcohol overtones.

This is a beer not to be missed. It's highly alcoholic, and 6 ounces may be enough to be savored at one sitting. It's the ultimate sipper.

Will experience again.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,616 ratings.
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