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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser AventinusSchneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus
BEER INFO

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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4.31
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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison.

Pours a cloudy dark apple cider reddish-brown with a one finger off-white head that sticks around for the pint. Smell is fruity/spicy/malty, heavy on the spice. Taste follows the nose, a nice malty body with grapey, dark fruit and spicy clove notes, gets a little chocolatey as it warms. Mouthfeel is rich but smooth with medium carbonation. Overall a very drinkable weizenbock, but beware the 8% - one or two will do the trick here. A very nice little beer indeed.

Year-Later edit: an amazingly complex and balanced weizenbock - truly the standard of the style with notes of apple vinegar, sweet maple syrup and white wine. a must try rendition of a unique style.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has already become my favorite weizenbock to date. Finally decided to review it.

Oh yeah, at $3.50 per bottle, how could you go wrong. This is a world class beer.

A- Beautiful deep mahogony. Looks like the color of a black cherry soda, but a little darker. Tan head. Lacing? Yeah sure, there is some.

S- Spices. Mainly cloves, cinnamon, and corriander.

T- That classic wheat taste is there for sure. Banana and orange peel flavors are strong. Cloves are abundant. Fruity at times and spicy at others. Alcohol is evident with every sip.

M- This is a really chewy weizenbock. Syrupy but not in a bad way. Went down rather smoothly.

D- A most enjoyable here too. I can taste the history as I drink it. Nothing sessionable at all about this beer but man it is tasty. A real gem.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany color that lets very little light through. Has a thick off white head rise very quickly and fall to a good size ring that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is of sweet malts, dark fruits, and some chocolaty and slight roasted aromas. There is also a note of spice that adds to the complexity.

Tastes if the dark fruit esters first with some phenolic clove flavors coming through. The spice flavor is complimentary and adds to the overall experience. The chocolate taste comes through as well, but is more evident when the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lighter than expected. This beer tastes heavy, but feels simliar to a Hefeweizen.

The drinkablility is great, especially at 8.2% ABV.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick, creamy head, the color of the beer is gorgeous! It's at once brown with purple tints, some red and black too. Head lasts a little too little, but it's very large. Smell is awesome too, I get some raisins, banannas, maybe a hint of toffee. Taste-spectacular! Absolutely delicious, almost "chewy", it tastes so incredibly rich, it's almost sinful. High marks for this beer all around.

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Photo of biggred1
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid, brown body with a fizzy off white head that subsides quickly, minimal lace. Smell is very savory, vanilla, apple, clove, cocoa and banana. Tastes much bigger than the aroma with a nice bubblegum/banana-clove-vanilla quality up front, followed by gingerbread and an almost vinuous chalky smooth, dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. One of the finest beers out there. Outstanding.

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Photo of iso
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy dark ruby color. Beautiful in it's subtleness. Head is thick with good retention.

Smell: Spicy, with plenty of clove. A bready sweet malt aroma.

Taste: This beer is some sort of ambrosia. Delicious heavy malt and yeast upfront. Caramel and clove. Banana notes add even more complexity.

Mouthfeel: Rich with a body that is neither too thick or too thin. Well carbonated without being overdone.

Drinkability: Even with all it's sweetness, this beer manages to strike a balance so as to not be cloying.

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Photo of drtth
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 0.5 L weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This beer was bottled in 2003 and so has about 6 years of bottle age. Normally I'd have sampled a fresher one first, but this one was too tempting to pass up.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a medium golden brownish color, slightly hazy with a few small floaties in the bottom of the glass. The 1" light tan head is fed by steady persistent carbonation. Initially, sipping leaves rings and legs of foam but by about half way through there is a minimal ring of foam and sipping leaves no lacing at all. By the end of the beer there was no carbonation left but that didn't surprise since it took about 45 minutes to drink this one.

Smell: The aroma is soft and gentle but also complex, lightly sweet and yeasty. There is some light presence of brown sugar here, some clove and ripe dark fruit, mostly plum. There also seems to be hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: The flavor here is very mellow and complex with some sweet dark brown sugar flavor, some dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum with no real trace of hops or alcohol. Not surprisingly as the beer warms the flavor opens up more, hints of some faint banana and chocolate and vanilla appear late in the beer

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied with a soft, silky feel, persistent fine prickly carbonation that eventually becomes just the faintest feeling on tongue and in the mouth. Finish is long and eventually goes dry but has a slight yeasty character as well, both of which prevent the beer from cloying

Drinkability: At this ABV this is definitely a sipping beer that goes down quite easily. The rich complex flavor also dictates that this is a one a night beer for slow sipping. While, at the moment I suspect that 6 years of bottle age may have just put this one a bit past its peak, I'll know better after I try the 2005 and a newer one.

30 September 09, Comments on the 2005 Aventinus

The 03 definitely has a more subtle and complex flavor and aroma. The 05 has a banana, clove aroma and character that has receded a bit more by the 03, making for a more integrated flavor profile with the chocolate and vanilla coming out earlier. If rating this one first I think the overall score would have been slightly lower than it was for the 03.

14 Oct 09, Further comments on the 2003 Aventinus

I've now had at least 3 of these and wonder how I could have thought this one might be past its peak. Each of them has seemed more complex with more well integrated flavors than the one before it. The fresh is good, the 2005 is nice, but the 2003 is truely wonderful.

7 Mar 12, Revisiting the 2003 Aventinus

This tastes both as subtle and as complex as I remembered it to be. The additional months in the cooler have been kind to the beer and the flavors are still holding well.

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Photo of juju7
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of Germany and the world's great beers. The amount of flavour and complexity this beer has is just staggering. Choco banana, vanilla, toasty aromas, smooth spicy clove flavours, all of it in spades. Bang on carbonation levels. Insanely smooth with alcohol nicely in check. This has been a massive favourite for a while now. Never say no to an Aventinus.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid .85EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 10.07.2005

The beer pours a hazy choclate colored base, huge white head, great rentention and some lacing effects from top to bottom. The smell is screams of sweet malt flavor, not too heavy.

The taste isn't overly complex but this is what I look for in a beer. Smooth flavor, tasty malt, and a remarkable aftertaste, maybe the best of any beer out there. The mouthfeel is as if it were a café crème coffee, the retention of the beer gives the beer a refreshing start to every savory taste. The drinkability is by default a 5, given the exceptional taste, the beer never shows any sign of alcohol, and is ever so smooth on the delivery.

Final Thought: Wow, I had this on-tap at the Weisse Brauhaus in Munich and didn't realize how good it was in bottle form, a world class beer from a favored brewery in the world capital of bocks and weizens!

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep unfiltered reddish brown. The body has a nice sheen. Long lasting khaki head.

Smell: Yeast is the major player in this bottle fermented bock. Clove, vanilla and big fruity esters come to play. Plum and pear. Bouquet of Candied sugar, light caramel and bread from delicately roasted malts. I also pick up aromas of scotch and rum.

Taste: Sweet and soothing. Cola-like. Tart fruitiness. , orange and cherry. Finishes dry and grainy with notes of cocoa. Spicy.

Mouthfeel: This feels great in my mouth. It is much finer than other weizenbocks. It is almost liquer like. Silky and and smooth. Touch of grain and long finish. Spicy and tingly, slight touch of alcohol.

Overall: A phenomenal beer for a cold spring night. Would pair amazing with German cuisine.

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Photo of maltydog
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful experience to enjoy this masterpiece of brewing art! I was lucky enough to sample a bottle of 1999 vintage Aventinus at the Olney Ale House in Olney, MD (more about them in the Beerfly section). I must say that this is one of the finest winter warmers or dessert beers that I have ever tasted. It pours with a deep opaque body with garnet undertones and is topped by a dense beige head that demands you to taste this beer. And oh what a taste it is! Starting with the ripe, fruity nose of plums and cloves that hints at the taste to follow. A velety mouthful of warm, fresh baked bread with definite chocolate undertones. Despite its high alcohol level, there is an almost indistiguishable amount of alcoholic bite. The beer lingers on the back of the palate with a hint of toffee and clove spiciness that perfectly balance the tast of this marvel. This beer is truly a maltsters dream!

Prosit!

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Photo of willgro
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent dark wheat beer from germany, mabye as good as it gets. definitely one of the best, i would say top five examples of darker wheat beers in the world. i really love it, and buy it at every opportunity. it has a clovey taste with a subtle maltiness. Overall the beer is amber, but is a true example of the darker wheat beers. it is one of my absolute favorites, so try to buy it as soon as you can. the head on it is perfect and the beer has a great overall body. excellent with sausages or just by itself. this is truly a remarkable beer.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this last weekend on tap, after much searching and seeking. Mmmm. It looked wonderful. It smelled deep and yeasty, like stacks of hucked wheat, like the soil from which it once came. It lacked the sweety, esteric character of the 'look how high our ABV is' wheat bocks, and I suppose it should. This is, so I'm told, the benchmark for a weizenbock. The nose was great, everything I expected. The appearance too, what I anticipated. The taste. Well, the taste knocked me off my bar stool and I hit the ground with such a resounding thud, I flew upwards 15,000 miles into the stratosphere of YUM. This is a seriously delicious beer. It had the wheat/yeast tone I expected, and yet there also were subtle pickerings of hop, of sticky malt, of vibrant carbonation. Sweet, but only enough to make you want more. An aftertaste you'd like to call sour, but really just readies your palette for another complex and delicious sip. The beer really surprised me. The 8.0% amazes me. It's there only because you expect it to be. It's a travesty to think that the invisible ABV hurts its drinkability. If only the availability in PA was better, I would have crowned myself a new king in Beerworld. Thank goodness for NJ. Go try. I hope the reviews aren't suffering from poor handling, but I do realize this is primarily a bottled beer in the States. I'm sure it's good in bottles, but on tap, the flavors are so intense, they last forever in the finish, and they slide gracefully across your tounge like you just ate a silk shirt dipped in axel grease. It's that good. Wow. WOW. KClinger's has it right now on tap upstairs. It's worth whatever you have to do to try it. Cheers!


-Update: Great from bottles also, but I prefer the tap.

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Photo of turdburglar
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Aventinus glass.

Beautiful copper color with a big creamy off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy clove, bananas and maybe peanuts.

A HUGE beer. The flavor is incredible: wheat, sweet malt, dark chocolate, banana, molasses. Spicy and a bit nutty. Finishes with a nice warming alcohol presence. Perfectly balanced.

World class.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle poured into 500ml pilsner glass.

Appearance: A deep reddish bronze with a large fluffy tan head that dissappates quickly. Pretty opaque... only faint traces of light.

Aroma: Ripe bananas and some spices (clove?). Also, I detect a faint licorice aroma.

Taste: Sweet and malty up front with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. The cloves are coming through again as well as the faint hint of licorice. Finishes sweet--a warm cinnamon bun with raisins. *Update: The beer has warmed a bit and I'm picking up some delicate fruit flavors, raspberry in particular. The hops are also coming through more now that the temperature has risen to about 55-60 degrees F.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, chewy even. Warming from the alcohol, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Very good. I could have 2 or 3 pints of this in a session and enjoy each one all the more.

Overall: Highly anticipated, and now much respected, Aventinus is a legend well worth the hype. Dopplebocks are one of the most fascinating styles and this is an amazing interpretation of such. If you see it buy it, its that simple.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me, this was one of those truly eye opening beers... sure you got your beers that are hyped up and deliver... to me, this was a beer i expected to be solid (it is top 100), but it really blew me away... I have no idea how it took me so long to have one of these..

A: Rich reddish-brown body rests beneath a huge, frothy, bubbly off-white head which slowly dies down to a nice bubbly skim... could use a tad more lacing.

S: Delicate. Refined. Perfected. Bananas. Wheat. Yeast. Clove. Dried raisins. Figs. Cherries. A bit of caramel and an ever so slight alcohol.

T: The taste is intricate. Perfectly transitioning between the lighter banana and wheat notes to the richer raisin, fig, cherry and caramel notes. Alcohol is slight, and let you know you are drinking a big brew.

M: The light-medium body is remarkable for such a richly flavored creation. Great carbonation levels tingle the tongue and leave a refreshing, crisp finish.

D: Off the charts. Wish I had more than the one bottle in front of me right now. A truly great beer!

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I'm re-reviewing in a different serving type. Why? Cause it's freakin' great. Poured into my big ole' weizen glass, the head took up half the height at first. The bubbles swirled around like living organisms until they settled into sweet beer. Once I tasted this, the malts and banana flavors were brilliant--sweet, rich, beautiful...poifect. This is unique. I don't know of any other beers that taste like this...or look like it. It's dark purple, dear heavens. You have to try this just to say you did, or because it's one of the best brews out there. Great. Bold. Innovative. Try it, my friend.

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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my two lunch beers today, and it's a classic that I've enjoyed many times -- this time in a bottle. Deep copper brown color -- like mahogany furniture or something, really. Head dissipates a bit faster than most wheat beers, but the aroma is strong. Raisinets and wheaty lemon zest. Tastes great as well. Someone put their Christmas gift basket of fruits and bittersweet chocolates in this beer. Wheat finish with a stronger malt presence up front. Overall a nice combination of flavors. Great beer. The vintage 1996 and 1999 are, to my recollection, even an improvement upon this.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearence : Dark unfiltered wheat bock
Smell : A wonderfull banana aroma
Taste : malty, well balanced with cloves, fig and raisin
Mouthfeel : A fruity chocolate finish
Drinkability : a very good weizenbock beer, very complex and sophisticated

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle up in Portland at a Whole Foods Market.

The color was a unique color that can be called a hazy, almost purple hued amber color. The beer poured with a big, beautiful head that retained very well. Lacing hung out around the top half of the glass.
The nose was sweet banana and with some yeasty, spicy elements to it as well.
The taste was spectacular, and no beer that I've encountered compares. The taste ranges from both bananas and also darker fruites to bready and doughy. This beer is complex, and my girlfriend commented about it's favorable comparison to wine. An excellent brew. Warmed nicely and allowed more flavors to slowly peak out.
This is a medium to full bodied beer that retains it's high drinkability because of the complex taste. I didn't want to put this down, and I am already considering driving up to Portland to pick up a few more bottles.
One truly great brew.

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Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fine, fine beer! I wasn't expecting to like this beer as much as I did. Complex doesn't begin to describe it. Pours out to a plum darkness in the glass with a light brown head that reminds you of brown sugar. The aroma is that of fruit. The taste. Man, the taste. Where to begin? Initially, there is a presence of nutmeg, cloves and banana, much like a regular wheat beer. But just when you think this is what you get, the beer transforms as it warms and the clove/banana taste leaves and a warm fruit taste of raisins takes over. A wonderful beer that truly hides the 8% ABV very well.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap review from recent München trip - 11OCT02.
I had a few of these on tap at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munchen...ooooh baby!! Poured a cloudy brown, with a huge, whipped head which lasts all night. Nose has clove, yeast, banana, chocolate...oh baby! Body is medium, and it's much smoother on the tongue from the tap than the bottled-version. Flavors produced are more clove, yeast, banana, chocolate, some malt and even a hint of raisins! Has an oh-so-smooth finish. Superb!! A huge Prosit for this one!!!!

overall: 4.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bottle review of 02MAR02:
This is a real nice one!! Pretty tawny russet-brown color, a touch hazy if you swirl the yeasties in (I do!). Sizable, fine, creamy tan head sticks around a bit, leaving nice lacework!. Nose is an appetizing, fruity banana-yeasty nose, with clove and chocolate as well. Nice fruity, sweet taste; bananas and cloves are evident. Has nice body, but I wish it were just a tad less carbonated...a bit prickly on the tongue. All-in-all a very pleasurable bier! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0/4.5 = 4.45)
Prosit!!

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Photo of kmcnair
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 500ml bottle pours a rich deep amber color into my tall glass and creates a nice tan head. Note: Wow, that is a lot of yeast in the bottom of my glass.

The boquet is thick, sweet and malty with a strong presense of fruit, wheat & spice. Its quite nice.

Flavor is spicy, sweet and has qualities of a belgian tripple. It has a fruity like banana flavor and some hints of nutmeg. The alcohol is definately there, but it is not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is thick, bubbly and very crisp.

Whew... down to the end of my glass and I am certainly feeling it. This one is a great way to unwind after a long day of work, but I don't think I could put many of these down in one sitting.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Definately my favorite Doppelbock to date.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into Watou chalice. Not sure if this is the proper glassware, but what the hell it looks good. Deep reddish brown color with thick head which quickly disappears to a thin ring around the glass.

I'm trying to increase my exposure to German beers, and this one proves that the Germans know what they're doing. Aroma is extremely inviting, bready and fruity. It delivers the fruit bread flavor and adds an alcohol punch.

Nice.

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Photo of dnichols
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 500 ml capped bottle into a traditional hefe wiezen glass.

A: It poured a murky, cloudy brown body. A moderately aggressive pour generated a massive three finger dark caramel head. The head lingered for a time then receded to a light cover over the liquid. It supported a thick curtain of lacing that did not last very long into the xperience.

S: It had the strong aroma of yeast from the dough of a dark nutty bread and sweet medium roast malts. The sweet aromas were complex and included brown sugar, ripe dark fruits and rich cream maple syrup.

T: It is a smooth and creamy malty brew that has a nice even but pronounced sweetness that coats the mouth. There is no bite to this brew, its all about the balance of malts and yeasts. Its sweetness is not overpowering at all...just a nice balanced bundle of joy.

M: It is a creamy and full bodied brew that is deceptively light on the palate. Its sweet without being syrupy, has a balanced carbonation and strong enough ABV to clean the palate but sufficiently hidden to provide a nice warm glow that lingers long after the swig is gone.

D: It is a wonder of balance...sweet but not too much so, hidden but high ABV, and nice even carbonation. It is full bodied by light on the palate. A wonderful drink that I could drink several of in a session.

Comment: I am becoming a real fan of Weizenbock...and this is the head of the class (so far).

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.31 out of 5 based on 4,414 ratings.
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