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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany
schneider-weisse.de

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,153
Ratings:
2,576
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
310
For Trade:
6
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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 cpn920
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that will knock you on your butt if you aren't paying attention to that high abv. Poured a dark ruby color with a big head and lively carbonation. Head dissipated to a thin covering as I nursed this badboy. Smelled the typical weizen aromas and a bit of brown sugar or raisins. You get the same thing in the taste and get some real sweetness with the kick of alcohol. I could feel the alcohol more as the beer warmed while I nursed it. This Eisbock has a nice mouthfeel that has a bit of a medicinal feel to it. This Weizen-Eisbock hides the alcohol well though I still know it is there and therfore one in a sitting is more than enough for me.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours finger and a half of mocha colour head, thick and foamy with good retention. Fully cloudy dark off-brown colour, almost grey brown.

wow! aroma is pungent! salty leather and beef jerky dominate. soy and miso scents, tarry. totally confusing and totally intriguing.

Holy shit, this is nuts! super rich and sweet dried fruits, dates, dried prunes, that belgian dubbel candy sugar hit. the weize is present with the fruitiness, rotten bananas for sure. caramelized sugar ala crem brule. burnt finish. Boose is super high at 12 ABV and alcohol comes through as brandy like, obvious but not offending.

BIg body and super creamy like a hefe. small bubbles but bright tingly carbonation.

Damn, saw that this got great reviews but did not expect much. not sure why because this is a beautiful and challenging beer. even my burps are tasting good! Have to say the schneider sons never made my favourtie hefe but this beer is exceptional. Great and wild flavours that balance well. sweet but as in fermenting and rotting fruit sweet, not just sugar sweet. Only drawback i find is for me the sweetness is on the very high end. but still, loving this one till the end.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- very dark, muddy orange color. Pours with nearly no head, and what little head there is quickly dissipates.

S- very vinous aromas, not beer-y at all. Grapes, grape juice and wine are all prominent aromas, all backed firmly by spice smells, and a firm, sweet, malt underpinning.

T- rich, sweet, complex malt flavors, with a faint hint of roasted malt flavors. Grape flavors are also present, but not as pronounced as in the nose. Swallow is fruity (peachy?) and sweeter than the body of the beer, while the aftertaste is the most "wine-like" part. Any bite you expected for a 12% beer is completely missing, though after a tasting sip or two, the warmth is already felt. This is very much a sipping beer, and very much a showcase of the right way to incorporate huge amounts of flavor without the beer feeling off-balance, or forced.

M- low carbonation, assumedly from being frozen, but the body, the malt and alcohol of a greater volume of beer, is not thick, syrupy, or heavy at all, it is a very reasonable weight, with a surprisingly smooth texture and swallow.

D- good. I doubt I'll have a few of these in a sitting, but I have no doubt that I will be buying this again.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forget ice wine...eisbock is it!!!!
From the beautiful darkness, to, the amazing fruit/spice aroma, to, the wine/plum flavor...brilliant.
Heading back to my local to pick up a couple more to cellar.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

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Photo of RodBurg
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed dark brown that almost looks as if it has purple highlights. Maybe its just the purple label. Small and unstable tan head with some lacing.

Smells wonderful. Sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol.

Taste is a malt fest. Dried fruit is a little more pronounced than the smell, leaning towards raisins. Slightly viscous with good carbonation and alcohol warming. One of these is enough for me. Overall very impressed.

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Photo of Nick3
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2008/03808 poured into a 0,3L Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass. Lovely dark brown color with an orange colored hue when held to light. Consistent carbonation feeds a 3 finger head; some floaties bobbing in there as well. Nose is malt, clove, banana, caramel, and toffee. Looks and smells delicious. Taste is rich malts, caramel again, no hops, dark fruit. Creamy texture with ample carbonation. The beer definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is masked completely other than the light head you'll likely get by the time you're done with it. I'll buy some more and plan to cellar this one.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -5%

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates. Foamy. A little lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruits, grass, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, little carbonation, smooth, creamy, syrupy.

VALUE - $6.49 for 11.2 oz - good for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A likable dark beer. Not overly boozy. Goes down nice.

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

Bottle Number: 2004/13269 Poured on 12/29/2007

Appearance is a murky brown with a dark copper tinge. Head dissipated rapidly after pouring into my vintage PBR goblet leaving no traces behind. Lots of floaties with this one, left most of them in the bottle.

The first burst of aroma is bubble gum and banana. This quickly turns into a sweet dark fruit smell – almost cola-like – mixed with alcohol and spices... an unusual start.

Taste is a more dark fruits: dates, prunes, and raisins, also some caramel. All that sweetness is balanced out with a sharp, spicy burning finish from the alcohol. Hops are nonexistent. Mouth feel is thick with almost no carbonation.

At first I wasn't really liking this brew, but it grew on me as I sipped it. It's not like any other beer I have had to date.

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

Looks: poured with a dense off-white head. opaque and black
Smell: prune, banana, caramelized sugar, faint alcohol, faint roast
Taste: caramelized sugar, raisins, pureed and cooked prune, alcohol, chocolate, earthy and spicy hop bitterness... very complex, but in a good way
Feel: sweet finish
Overall: this reminds very much of good Trappist, along the line of Rochefort 10 and Chimay Grand Reserve, although a bit more sweeter. A nice beer to sip on during winter times.

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

Dark brown with swirls of sedimentation. The aroma was spicy with evident alcohol. The flavor was cloves with high malt and slightly alcoholy. The carbonation was big and it effervesced on the tongue. Very full of complex flavor and I like this more than the Aventinus (stronger flavor). An excellent beer that I would love to have again, just not more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schneider & Sohn hits another home run.

This is a beast of a beer. "Original" Aventinus is one of my favorite beers, so when I found this beauty I had to give it a try. This pours a malty brown, with a brownish head that disapates after a minute or so. There wasn't any lacing down the glass. Overall, this looked much like regular Aventinus. The main difference was that, when the head subsided, you could see a great deal of orange yeast in the top of the glass, floating amongst the remnants of the head. There was substantial yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass after finishing.

The smell was basically the same as Aventinus, but the alcohol content was a bit more noticeable.

The flavor was very bold and upfront. The alcohol taste was very strong, but not domineering. It was countered by an intense malty flavor, like an intense doppelbock. This made for a very tasty combination.

This beer was very enjoyable. Though the sheer strength of the flavor (not to mention the relatively high alcohol content) keep this from being the perfect session beer, it is still very drinkable. This is my favorite 12%+ beer, and I'd gladly take it over any barleywine I've had. This would beer an ideal beer for a cold winter's night. Prost!

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, by far, the least-offensive high alcohol beer I've tried. It poured a muddy brown with faint, almost champagne-like, bubbles. The head dissapated quickly and left no lace on my glass.

The aroma was a sweet, dark raisin smell, not unlike sweet wines. A sugarlike acohol presense was also noted.

The taste was intense, yet pleasant! There was a quick alcohol blast when it hit the middle of my tongue and the vanilla/green banana flavor whipped around in my mouth. What a ride! The alcohol then warmed me deep with nearly no aftertaste.

Surprisingly drinkable for a high alcohol brew...this one could be dangerous.

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

poured a deep reddish mahogany from the cask into a 12oz tulip. Smells of spicy banana and some alcohol. Taste is very similar to the bottled version with the alcohol being a little more apparent which could just be a temperature issue. Lots of banana and spice. For 12% this is very smooth and drinkable. The abv is noticeable, but not unpleasant. I feel very lucky to have this on cask. top notch wheat beer from schneider as usual.

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

Poured from an 11.2 / 330ml bottle into some sort flute.. I dont know..

Pours a dark- ice tea like brown with a thick tan head, leaves little retention.

Smells great. Candied sugar, dark fruits, banana and cloves. Strong alcohol aroma dominates, but in a good way. Almost cleared my stuffy nose!! Smells like a strong dark Belgian ale but with a shot of vodka dropped in it.

The taste is much like the nose. It tastes like a Schneider Weizenbock on steroids. Strong alcohol presence throughout which gets stronger towards the end of the glass. Tastes of yeast, fruits and a little bread.

Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Leaves a stickiness and numbness on the lips.

Drinkability is good in the sense it goes down easy, probably too easy. But the high abv limits it.

Im glad I had the opportunity to try this. This beer might be a regular for me.

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Photo of beerking1
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 011124. Aroma of chocolate, clove/banana and toasted malt. Hazy dark brown with light tan head that fades to a slight collar. Falvor is chocolate banana up frront, which steps aside for huge alcohol and malt. Tail is phenol and alcohol. very warming.

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

Monster, craterous tan head. Menacing hazy brown color, lighter at bottome and grows increasingly dark as it rises. Big wheat and yeast aroma. Clovey and slightly peppery. Delicate and brutal.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 017716

Regular Aventinus in iself is an amazingly complex bier. This is even more so.

Poured a little flat for this specimin, the head disappeared immediately. The smell is heavy clove, spice, oak and tannins. The taste is an explosion of flavors that finish nicely dry. Clove and wheat dominate. The taste of alcohol is nicely subdued for a 12% brew.

John

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Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/brown with two fingers of off-white head. Lots of bubbles and wicked retention.

S: Smells of lots of banana, bubblegum. As it warms, also alcohol.

T: Tastes of overripe banana, booze.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a lot of fine carbonation.

D: This is fairly boozy but then again, it's 12%!

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Photo of Justin23060
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks like Apple Cider in color and cloudiness. Head was about a finger and stayed pretty creamy the whole time.

S - Malty grape bubblegum with smoke and molasses (kinda reminds me of Hickory BBQ sauce - not in a bad way, though... but more the perfect marriage of sweet and smoke.

T - Again with the grape bubblegum, but some cinnamon and raisins this time. A little clove as it warms. Pretty much semi dry from start to finish. A tad on the boozey side as I expected it might be.

M - Somewhat astringent but considering the nice linger it really works. Body is pretty heavy bordering on chewy and carb is pretty creamy.

O - Because of the mild to med throat heat, I'm thinking this would be an excellent winter offering. I rated this just below perfect for the sole reason that its my first stab at this style so I don't really have anything to compare it to. That said, there is nothing bad to say about this brew.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 11/12/13. Poured into a snifter at 45F.
A - Pours a cloudy light brown color. The single finger of off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving a long lasting lacing that was resupplied by a stream of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
S - Strong ester smell with banana, pineapple and bread as the primary components.
T - Fairly dry with a taste that matches the smell. Banana in the foreground with malty sweetness in the middle and a crisp apple/pineapple finish.
M - Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
O - My first eisbock. More fruity than the American double bocks I have tried. A good summer beer, even with the 12% abv. Highly recommended for those who like eatery Belgian beers.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle # 2010 023815, I assume that means it was brewed in 2010, not sure..

A: Deep brown with reddish hue, slightly translucent, thin but present head

S: Apple Cider Vinegar, yeast, cherries, sweet tarts.

T: Tart cherries, yeast, sour, fruity, explosive flavors all over the place. A celebration in the mouth!

M: Nice chewy mouthfeel. Feels very nice and thick in your mouth, almost cough syrup like.

D: It's very tasty but to me this is a desert beer. I wouldn't drink more than one of these! In the meantime, its too intense for my girlfriend so I have to finish 12 ounces, , shouldn't be too hard though...

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Photo of vinhgoh
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend in DC has been raving about this brew for over a year now. He came up to visit me recently. So of course we go out to buy a few brews. He spotted the Aventinus and basically begged me to try it.

When he first poured be a glass, I saw that it had a caramel color, and a good amount of yeast. As the yeast slid to the bottom of the glass, you could see it giving off CO2. The foam had a nice coffee-milk sort of look.

The most important part: Taste. I'd have to say that this is a very well flavored wheat ale. I want to say it had a mango taste to it coupled with a strong wheat taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. Favorited.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,576 ratings.
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