Tap 6 Aventinus
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #553
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
2,223
Ratings:
4,744
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Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
96
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Notes: For golden moments by the fireplace: "Mein Aventinus" - the wholehearted, dark ruby coloured wheat beer, intensive and fiery, warming, well-balanced and tender. Bavaria's oldest wheat "Doppelbock" - brewed since 1907! Its sturdy body in combination with its sweet malty aroma is an invitation to profound indulgence - an ingenious blend with a strong body. Perfectly matches rustic dishes, dark roasts and sweet desserts.

Hops: Hallertauer Herkules.

16 IBU
Reviews: 2,223 | Ratings: 4,744 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Junior from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a deep amber/brown with a frothy and thick mocha colored head.
S - Bready malt, banana and clove. These combine to produce a candied fruit like smell.
T - Flavors follow the nose; bready malt, sweet banana, clove and a bit of spice.
F - Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation, very creamy and soft.
O - What a fantastic beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Great balance and dangerously easy to drink. I wish I had purchased more than one. I had forgotten how much I like this style. This is my favorite so far.

May 08, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De color marrón, con un dedo de espuma de buena retención. De cuerpo medio y ligera carbonatación. Aroma a banana, regaliz y caramelo. En boca es afrutado con algunas notas de toffee.

May 01, 2021
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brewskis from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark ruby brown color with two fingers of a dense khaki head.
Aroma is banana bread with raisins, slight clove, slight caramel, peach marmalade, brown bread, tobacco.
Taste follows the nose pretty well and brings more banana bread, clove, caramel, slight vanilla (?), slight peach and apricot marmalade, ripe plum, raisin, some leather, and some tobacco.
High medium body. Robust feel, yet well carbonated. Soft, slick, slightly sweet up front, dry on the finish.
I’m not entirely familiar with this style, but I do know that this is the go-to for it. I thoroughly enjoy this one.

Apr 25, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicate pour reveals a cloudy brown beer with a couple of fingers of light tan head that laces not even a little bit. The nose is banana bread, some clove, stone fruit, and a smidge of caramel. Wow.

The banana bread flavor is up front on the taste, and the clove has decided to amp up its game, taking a more prominent role on the taste. The stone fruit and caramel flavors are also present, making this a true hefe Doppelbock, with all the flavors complementing each other and making this 8.2% ABV beer dangerously drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very full, yet a bit “spritzy,” that perfectly balanced hefe/Doppelbock dance these weizenbock’s work toward. This one succeeds at a world-class level, IMHO.

Apr 25, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a billowy head and some lacing.

Smells of bread, bananas and spice. Tastes of malt, yeast, raisins and molasses.

Medium body and light carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Complex and enjoyable!

Apr 15, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schneider Aventinus is slightly hazy, and a light sort of leathery brown color with rusty highlights. The head is rocky, cream colored, and lasting.
At first blush, Aventinus does not smell like your average beer. The first word to come to mind is barnyard. It smells of dark bread, bananas and cloves as a German wheat beer would. But then it also smells of leather and good quality tobacco, coupled with ripe plum. Hints of horse blanket as well. All this is held together by a rich, dark sweetness that somehow makes the whole thing enticing.
On the tongue, Schneider Aventinus is smooth and not as full bodied as you'd expect. Medium bodied to be sure, just not as thick as one might expect. The flavors are very well balanced. As with the nose I taste banana, clove, leather, and good quality tobacco. An overall barnyard quality carries through in its flavors of leather and hints of horse blanket. As with the nose, dark sugary notes tie the flavors together in a way that is pleasing. The finish is dry and lasting.
It's smooth, balanced, and more amazingly delicious than a beer with these flavor descriptors deserves to be.

Apr 06, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw what I THINk is this beer, in a can single at the better bottle shop around here. Can doesn’t indicate tap 6, but everything else indicates the same beer, as Acentinus, a wheat doppelbock by the same brewery.
Pour is brown, dark, rich and hazy in appearance. Foam head is fluffy and sticks around. Lacing easily. forms.
Nose is plum, fig, dark fruit city, molasses, banana-like spices. So nice.
Taste is nice caramel malts with banana bread notes, molasses/ sugar, tasty good.
Mouth is medium and creamy, with a medium/ medium-high carbonation feel. Lingering molasses and spice at the end.
Probably a little off-season in trying this in April but it was there and the can/ shelf label jumped out. This is something I’d seek again during Fall, along with the usual like-style favorite I really like from Ayinger.

Apr 02, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy deep amber and even a very gentle pour brings about a huge, billowing off-white head that refuses to recede, albeit eventually and slowly doing so and leaving awesome lacing behind
Aroma: Ripe bananas, freshly baked wheat bread, bubblegum notes, a little clove, and raw bread dough
Taste: Damn, this is literally like drinking liquified wheat bread. A load of bready malt is joined by dough, light banana, and clove notes. Some bubblegum sneaks in in the middle as well as light wafts of ethanol and closes with more sweet wheat bread and dough
Mouthfeel: Full – bordering on chewy but never gets there, medium-high carbonation, and very soft, almost creamy throughout, especially on the finish. Very minimal alcohol heat detected as well
Overall: This is an outstanding weizenbock. I hadn’t had this in probably over five years and damn, it is delicious and very well made. A ridiculous amount of dough and bread flavors/aromas with a nice dose of banana and clove that never dominate the bread as the main component. Throw in a super soft feel, a little bubblegum, and very well-hidden alcohol and you have this winner. Highly recommended

Mar 01, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice sweet malt and Belgian bready yeast with spice that is very nice. A medium carbonated mouthfeel that is very pleasant and a very nice aftertaste.

Feb 18, 2021
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Anders91 from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: wonderful amber hue with plenty of head

Smell: wheat, yeast, banana, as well as dark fruit and malt

Taste: very smooth crisp wheaty flavor, with plenty of banana and yeast, also some candied sugar and dark fruit kinda like a Belgian double

Feel: just the right amount of carbonation

Probably my favorite German beer so far

Feb 03, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hm, very noticeable caramel / molasses / brown sugar taste to this one. With matching color ! Not very bitter / hoppy. Quite smooth actually. There was major foaming when I poured it. Feels very German, not sure how I can say that but it does :-) This is a winner ! Definitely like this style, will have to try more of it.

Jan 03, 2021
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Cloudy light brown with hints of yellow. Pours with a small head, which disapates quickly leaving strong lacing.
Smell: Lovely strong nose of malt, plums, cloves, and banana.
Taste: Like a fruit cake in a glass. Toasty, rich and sugary. Plums, raisins, dates and figs. Smallest hint of smoke on the back end as it tapers off.
Feel: Medium to light bodied, surprisingly light and sparkly for the ABV.
Very nice Christmas time beer. This reminded me of what some of my favourite Belgium quads might taste like in a light beer version. It earns an A.

Dec 15, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fine and very compact ocher foam, veiled dark amber body with ruby ​​and pale orange reflections. Aroma ripe banana, cloves, molasses, plum, raisins, figs, dates and light milk chocolate. On the palate there is all the aromatic bouquet perceived with a slightly smoky, spicy and bitter finish. The body is soft and velvety with medium carbonation. Abv nice warm.

Dec 10, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, saddle brown/dark brown. Big khaki mousse-like head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Banana, clove & hint of smoke. Alcohol mild.

Flavor & aftertaste: Spicy & toasty. Alcohol noticeable in taste, but not harsh. Mild bitterness.

Palate: Full bodied, creamy. Medium length finish. Low carbonation. Dry.

Overall: This sample was not super fresh; but it was still great. It's easy to tell this would be even better fresh. Perfect looking dark wheat. Produces a fantastic, long lasting head. Aromas & flavors are typical of wheat ale with the added warmth of a higher alcohol presence. Mouth feel is full bodied & creamy. Not many breweries make this doppelbock wheat style, but this is the one you want to try as a bench mark. Excellent German crafting.

Nov 20, 2020
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ClaytonSmith from New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Bock, and given it's history, a must-try if you like the style - there are others that are richer in flavor however, maybe not having / getting to adhere to the Reinheitsgebot makes a difference?

Jul 28, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, date stamp of 11022020 on the reverse, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a very dark amber color, brown and copper hues with a thick bone-colored head, about a finger tall with good retention and spotted lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of banana, clove, brown bread, a bit of alcohol, dark berries, a bit of vanilla and caramel. The flavors are good, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel leap out with a more fruit forward character than the nose while the more dominating and lingering flavor is fresh banana bread. The mouthfeel is good, coating and lively with a hearty medium body that finishes super smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice weizenbock. Flavorful, balanced, not too heavy though the 8.2% abv does come across assertively at times but at the end of the day, this is just a really fine beer.

Jul 10, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful. It pours a beautiful hazy, dark (but still translucent/hazy, not opaque) brown.

S: wheaty, vanilla, though understated.

T: So rich. Waves of wheaty flavor with spices like coriander and cloves but also, unexpectly, the layers of maltiness and toasted grains. The finish has notes of sweetness both from the caramel and malitness and the banana wheatiness. Awesome.

Jun 12, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - dated 261119 - poured into a Stella Artois chalice at 38°F.

Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with four fingers of light tan foam quickly building up, and holding place. Had to manually reduce the head, but it appeared to have great retention. Zero lacing though. Lots of effervescence in a nucleated glass.

Nose: Lots of wheat and estery notes typical of a weizen. Soft malted wheat, a bit of toasted brown bread, and a round nutty note. The yeast lends some pink bubblegum, unripe banana, a hint of allspice, white pepper, some earthy, spicy hop notes, and even just the slightest whisper of funk. A hint of dark fruit wafting in and out. Smells very typical of the style.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with sweet malted wheat and a big bloom of esters, very much in line with the aroma. The esters deliver big bubblegum, unripe banana, and spice notes. The alcohol also has nowhere to hide, so even though it's only 8.2% ABV, there is a defined boozy note. There isn't exactly a chocolate note, but the slight toastiness wants to go in that direction. Almost like white chocolate with just a kiss of cocoa. The malty sweetness quickly falls back, upping the drier roasty character a little bit, which also reveals some mild spicy hops. Together, this forms a restrained bitterness, and in addition to the yeast esters, some more phenolic notes show up, lending a bit of spiciness. All of these traits work together to give this beer a finish that isn't too dissimilar from a Belgian quadruple, minus the sweetness and much of the complexity. Ultimately finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is essentially medium-bodied, but there's a fullness to it that seems to increase in heft as it progresses, bringing this closer to medium-full in body. It definitely has a creaminess to it, and it's quite soft. It isn't particularly sticky or sappy, but between the wheat base, the ABV, and the soft effervescence, it takes on a full, creamy softness, much like a stout of the same ABV would be.

Overall: I've heard that this is one of the msot respected examples of the style. It's certainly authentic, and there's something about these traditional German "bock" beers that are nearly impossible for American breweries to accurately replicate. For that it is, it ticks all the boxes, and seems to have everything going for it. Now, with that said, I have two primary knocks. First, the yeast esters are a bit overbearing in my opinion. The pink bubblegum note becomes a bit one-dimensional after a while, and I wish that were toned down a notch. Second, is the boozy note. While this isn't as distracting as the bubblegum note, while drinking this, I am constantly aware of the alcohol flavour. Perhaps the style just doesn't lend itself to hiding ABV that well, in which case a lower ABV format might suit it better, but then you'd lose that wonderful body. It is a bit boozy, but I guess the trade off is that it's delightfully silky smooth. Either way, still a great example, and despite the bubblegum-heavy yeast profile, it's a good authentic German Doppelbock.

Jun 11, 2020
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Jas0921 from Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is flawless. I adore it. What can I compare it to? I cannot. It is simply: Aventinus. I don’t look for notes of anything with this beer. I just enjoy it and stand in awe of its greatness.

May 17, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can reads 'L19226' (presumably canned on 8/14/19)

Pours a foggy, muddled maroon-mahogany body topped with a cascading multiple fingers of thick, creamy off-white head; excellent retention results in ¾ of a finger of creamy cap/collar and sprawling splotches of dense, webby lacing.

Aroma presents a beautiful harmony of banana and clove upfront, redolent of fresh banana bread, and accented with dark fruit esters (blackberry, raspberry); caramel is soft in the backdrop, leveled by a properly interwoven booziness.

Taste offers banana and rounded clove notes grazed with a touch of yeasty spice; an inherent brown breadiness begins to reveal itself over time alongside wheat and smoked cacao nibs, with touches of fire-roasted almond and walnut adding additional depth past the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and brings a full, airy carbonation, remaining soft and developing a vague semi-oily texture into the mid-palate; a creamy peak presents on the back of the palate into a dry, fluffy spritz through the finish; minimal booze and subtle warmth lingers.

A weizenbock of steady decadence and understated abundance, there's a casual attention to detail that keeps the profile intriguing yet approachable, rich yet never cloying; this is a beer-dessert in the most classical sense.

May 10, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany appearance, huge head, good lacing. Complex, multi-layered nose of caramel, clove-like spices and fruit. Equally complex taste, with the fruit showing up a little more, but pairs well with the malts. More than enough alcohol to warm you up. Excellent.

May 04, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great to see Aventinus in cans.
This beer is best appreciated at about 50°, perhaps a bit higher.
Poured a caramel color with a 3F head in a Pilsner glass.
Fruit, spice, plum aroma, stronger with warming.
Light body, perhaps a bit light.
Defined plum , spice, and fruit taste.
Slightly more bitter than other Doppelbocks.
Excellent beer! Serving temp is the key to fully appreciating the beer.

May 03, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: thing pours bloody all head at first, but this head very quickly dissipates to a one finger big bubbly head, which is off white with some brown dots, cola coloured opaque beer, loads of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, a load of sediment in there

smell: those wheaty banana and vanilla smells really coming through, good bit of clove like spice, some grape, liquorice, malty, some lime, smells fantastic.

taste: super malty, smokey and rich flavours, those banana flavours come through, a nice vanilla sweetness follows, then a spicy herbal, complex finish, noticeable presence of alcohol

feel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, really warms the back of the throat and just zaps you.

overall: just an incredibly flavourful and impactful beer, thoroughly enjoyable and delicious, the best schneider weisse beer

Apr 18, 2020
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Dmitry1989 from Canada (ON)

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky cannot-see-through-muddy dark brown with some ruby notes. Smell - yeast and banana. Taste - more yeast than banana, malt, some chocolate and alcohol. Warming and thick mouthfeel but not syrupy or too boozy. This is the best thing about this beer - it is strong, dark and heavy, yet very drinkable, not too sweet and the alcohol does NOT come out over the top as some strong Belgian Trappist beers. This is probably my favorite beer in the world and I have tried hundreds and hundreds ... At the bottom of each bottle there is usually some sediment and settled yeast which I pour into my mug anyways, tastes good. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, wheat and dark. For me - the perfect combination!

Apr 05, 2020
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andaub

3/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Completely aware that this is a world class weisenbock, I am still not impressed. Many other weisenbock beers have much more rigorous and robust taste, this fell flat I thought, the the smell as well, and didn't leave much of an aftertaste that wanted to go back for more. Drinkable, yes. Will I get it again , probably not.

Mar 07, 2020
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