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

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've heard that dunkel weizen and bocks are German Christmas favorites, so I decided that I would get a bottle of Aventinus and celebrate Christmas while watching the new Bavarian Pope.

This beer poured with a lot of carbonation, which is good for a wheat beer, but then the monstrous head eventually drops to nothing (which I think is typical for most of the German weiss bier that I'vd had.) The Aventinus has a certain lightly spiced caramel apple fruitiness to it, (which surfaces in the aroma, too) that is rather tasty, and hides the alcohol content of this brew pretty well. I seem to remember the spiciness being more assertive, but perhaps my palate has changed, and not the beer. I found lots of yeast in the bottle and I tried to rouse it so it would fall into my glass to add more flavor. I did appreciate the soft mouthfeel of this beer and it's surprising drinkability, but for all the hype I think it could be a bit more complex. I will drink this beer again, despite my criticism.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a foggy cherry brown with a thin film of light tan head.

Smells of home made root beer and a slight fruity apple sourness.

Tastes of tangy prunes, sour plumbs and a musky root beer with a nice, unobtrusive sweetness. The flavors are marvelously blended together. I have a bit of trouble picking apart what’s bitter from the hops and what is spicy from the yeast. Very well done.

The mouth feel changes with temperature. As it is cold, the carbonation is very light, but it peaks as it warms up to a full mouth of foamy bubbles and dies down again as it approaches room temperature. The fact that I figured this out is a testament to its drinkability.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark rust-water with steady sreams of small bubbles racing to the top to add to the gigantic bubbly head with a creamy top. Very intriguing. Smell is alcohol, rotting banana, and rum-soaked raisin bread. It all has a shimmering, magical quality to it. Flavor is not roasty like one might expect from the color. There is a little coffee, but it is subtle compared to the candyish caramel, cracked poppyseed, and a little citrus in the finish. Alcohol bites a bit and warms the lips. Malty, with a bitterness smoothly taking over after a second. Medium body, high carbonation. A bit too sizzly for a while after pouring.

Great beer. Only the banana really differentiates this from a BSD to my palate. Morphing dark flavors reminds me of Maudite a bit, but this is heavier and sweeter. Great to have on occasion.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see how dark the color of this beer is. The smell is also much different than I expected, much more carmel and fruity than I guessed. But the best thing about this beer is the taste. The fruits come through strong, but dissapear a little too quickly. It reminds me a lot of Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit in that they are infusing many tastes together. It almost creates a wine-like idea. Very Pleased.

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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 bennetj17
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a dark reddish brown plum-like color, with a nice head and lots of fizz. The smell is complex and fruity, maybe a hint of raspberry in there. There is a nice acidic, tarty sweet taste followed by a solid bitter finish, with some spiciness at the end. It's full bodied and the high carbonation lifts you right up. For 8% the alcohol is not overpowering. Definitely worth stocking up on this one...

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Aventinus glass so nicely provided by BeerPanther (mucho gracias). Poured a rich brow in color with so much haze I feel like my eyes are drowning in it. Thick head on top that receded down to a not insignificant coating. Fairly heavy carbonation. Nose is full of a cacaphony of subtle smells of wheat, banana and cloves.

Cannot find any sense of the alochol in the flavor. The taste just knocked me off the couch. The wheat provides a nice sweet base but is extremely pronounced by strong banana and cloves. The cloves pick up a bit to a slight hop presence that creates a wonderful balance. Got bits of chocolate, raisins and prunes coming through as well Mouthfeel is light but has a full body that just wraps itself around the inside of my cheeks. So easy to drink either on its own or with dessert.

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Photo of blackie
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The head is white and very slight, and quickly dissipates until nothing is left. The beer is a cloudy dark brown in color.

smell: Dark, moderately fruity malt up front. Also hints of light fruit, maybe pear, apple, and kalamata figs with brown sugar sauce. Yeast and wheat notes are also present. Some hints of spice add to the complexity, along with some banana bread. Slight ethanol is noticeable as the beer warms and the malty flavors become more complex.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: A mixture of dark and light fruits, slightly sweet, teases my tastebuds. The spice is less noticeable on the palate than it was on the nose, but is still there. I notice some dates and similar dark sugars. The description on the bottle mentions chocolate, but I'm not getting any. A light hop balance in the finish with just a touch of Ethanol presence after the swallow.

drinkability: Nice flavors and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

A bunch of codes on the back label: 05.179, 1-1, 0357, 2822.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers i've ever had. Poured to a medium cloudy brown with a fast forming thick head, not bad. Smell is of sweet grains, enough to make you want it.

Taste is amazing, a slight sweetness and a body that fills the mouth, Smoother than anything i've ever drank, goes down so so easily. Making this one of the most drinkable and delicious things I've ever had.

My only fear is that there won't be any of this left next time i go to buy beer.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an espresso brown with a two finger head that lingers for minutes and leaves nice little patches of lacing. Sadly with time that find their way down the sides of the glass. Even though this beer is very dark, I can see carbonation bubbling to replace the head. It keeps a small head almost indefinitely (certainly longer than the life expectancy of the beer!)

S - Smells strongly of the sweet malt. Esters from bananas, dates and faint cherries entice me to drink. These three are accompanied by cloves and allspice to further the cause. The odor is amazing. It is a shame it isn't stronger.

T - Delicious. It is moderately sweet from a strong malt presence. Bananas, dates, tart cherries and figs make a presence, while some cloves, allspice, faint nutmeg and a bit of white pepper spice it up. There is a very strong toast presence - and it is well toasted at that. Abv is in the flavor. Even so, the alcohol taste works - it is simply a character trait. This weizenbock is almost everything that I hoped to find in a wheat beer. Banana bread beer. Mmmm.

M - Not quite as thick as I expected. It is thick and quite frothy, but I expected a more chewy texture from this beer. Although, I must say the texture is still excellent. The beer is very refreshing and smooth.

D - Well at the price, 8% abv and .5L bottles, this isn't the ideal session beer. Although any session with this beer would be a wonderful session indeed! It is sweet, but well rounded enough to be an excellent compliment to a meal. I will definitely drink this again. It is my favorite beer to date (I do have a Rochefort 10 in the fridge though). Weizenbocks are probably my favorite style. I wish more breweries would release them.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a deep brown color with a medium hazy body that just lets light through in the narrow part of the glass. The head is a perfectly smooth big creamy light tan with a strong carbonation to keep it going.

S- The notes of banana and cloves are strong and pleasant in the aroma. Hints of vanilla and bubblegum are in the background. A very soft bready aroma smoothes over the other flavors and the finish has a very delicate hop bitterness.

T- The soft taste of wheat is complimented with some caramel and bready notes. The finishes with a bit of a carbonic taste but no real hop flavor. The soft taste of banana is very faint and a bit more pronounced as it warms. The slight tartness in the malt comes through as it warms also.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creamy texture to it. No alcohol warmth but a hint of fizz on the tongue.

D- This is a great wheat beer that has increased its complexity with all the dark malt. It would be nice to taste even more of the dark qualities to compete with the banana flavor and other flavors of lighter German wheat beers.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a big foamy, quickly-dissipating head.

The smell is really interesting. Sort of chocolatey with a warm earthiness. Maybe some dark fruits. Hard to describe, but very nice. In fact, the smell is the nicest thing about it.

The taste is... well... OK. Not as strong as the smell. Slightly hoppy with a bit of the aforementioned dark fruits.

I couldn't drink a great deal of this, but I wouldn't turn it down, either.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was interesting, but not necessarily in a good way. It poured a nice orange color and had a vigorous foamy head. The aroma was very fruity with no hops present. The beer had a sweet maltiness with a pronounced apple flavor. The hops were very subdued and provided barely enough bitterness to balance out the malt. The body and mouthfeel was relatively light considering the alcohol content. The carbonation was very high - almost like that of a witbier. A decent beer, but not outstanding in my opinion.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle poured into an Aventinus weizen glass. 2001 vintage.

A - This beer has a great look. One of those unique looks in its glass that's all its own. An orangish brown on bottom that lets a litle light through leading up to a deep purple tinted brown at the thicker part of the glass. Lots of carbonation feeds a decent sized foamy head at the top.

S - Huge smell of tart cherries/berries on the initial whiff. Alcohol is definitely pushing through here. Got a nice spicy kick in the nose that hits the nostrils hard. A very nice smell.

T - Basically indescribable on the first sip. Simply different than most beers I've ever tried. I'm definitely tasting some of the flavor described on the 2001 vintage tag. A bit of chocolate under the spicy flavor. Some fruity alcoholic kick mixed in there. Balanced nicely with a nutty flavor.

M - A nice amount of carbonation with a fairly thick texture in the mouth.

D - Keeps me coming back for more. I definitely can sip on this one till the last drop.

Notes: Wouldn't drink this every day as wheat beers are not my favorite style but this is the best wheat beer or bocks I've ever had. Definitely one I will pick up from time to time to enjoy for a change of pace.

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Photo of goschool
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is orange, closing in on lavender. The head seems small for a weizen, although this does have more alcohol then the average hefe, leaving minimal lacing. It's got the phenols and esters as expected- a malty nose with bananas and cloves. The taste has plenty yeast, spice, fruit (in addition to bananas), and roasty wheat malts. The 8% abv is more detectable then you would think, but this is still mighty easy to drink.

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Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice change of pace for this hop-head. This beer poured a nice dark brown, translucent color with a huge head that quickly disappeared to some lacing and covering the surface of the glass. Some citrus smell. Taste began with an astringent taste that dissolved into a citrus flavor. I have had some problems with strong astringent tastes (like Konig Ludwig Hefe Weizen). This beer is so nicely balanced that it just shows you an astringent taste and quickly dissolves to at citrus taste and a rich mouthfeel. I did not get any harsh alcohol taste and noticed the alcohol only in a slightly flushed feeling and a nice buzz. I would have enjoyed a second one and will definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber / orange colour... Head was slightly off white - pours big and foamy and a nice layer stays until near the end...

Aroma - Cloves, plums, toffee/caramel, nice maltiness, banana hints, slight aniseed notes, vanilla...

Taste – Cloves, quite noticable alcohol notes, raisins, fruity, liquorice notes, nice maltiness, some strawberry hints...

Feel - Quite sharp initially but smooth after.. Quite full bodied. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - An exceptional beer.... in my view the best of it's kind. Extremely recommended....

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at a German restaurant. Pours out a purplish,brown color, not very clear, but with ample carbonation. First, I got a crazy big head that dissipates quickly, down to a thin white ring at the top of the brew. There is no lace to be had.

The aroma is sweet grapes, kind of winelike accompanied by dark roasted malt. It really jumps out at you after opening the bottle. The taste is a nicely flavored warming alcohol along with some spicy fruit. It is very well blended between these two flavors. There is also a nice blend with malts and hops. Goes very well with German food. The doublebock style is becoming one of my favorites. Very good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy dark copper in color with a decent 1" head. Some soft lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is of strong yeast, caramel, and spice.

Taste: the flavor components are of caramel, alcohol, hints of banana, ripe red fruits, strong yeast, and spice. Bitterness levels were lower than expected.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start. The finish is smooth and the yeast and alcohol lingers long on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be extremely drinkable even though the alcohol levels are clearly detectable. Great brew.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Aventinus pours out a dark amber color with a huge head. Vigorous carbonation. The aroma is wheat, dark malts, chocolate, and flowers. The flavors in this beer are big and complex: yeast, wheat, bananas, sweet 'n' sour sauce, tropical fruit, and chocolate. There are so many delicious flavors in this beer, and they work so well together. The sweet and sour flavor lets you know this is a weizenbock, but I think of this as a great beer that just happens to be a weizenbock. Mouthfeel is creamy. The relatively high carbonation ensures this won't be cloying. A world class beer.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a pint + purple bottle; poured a dark hazy black-brown with a head with poor retention.

The aroma took a minute or two to settle into a smell of a typical dunkel weizen; wheat smells of banana and well just very traditional, some clove and residual sweetness. No yeast detectible to me, no sediment that I could appreciate.

The initial taste was a toasted wheat and banana and clove, some dried fruit and raisin/plums. The mouthfeel was medium to full, and the big chunky fruity meatiness of the wheat was then offset by two things; first, the alcohol, warming, present, not-unwelcome, finishing like a sip from a snifter of brandy. This coupled with the mouthfeel, a more than-normal carbonation for a wheat beer, with a small bite, made this feel classy. This was simply the thing that distinguished this from just being a big, flat apple juice tasting dunkel.

I read another review and saw a comparison to Victory Moonglow, they are very similar beers in flavor and taste, but the Aventinus has a more refined mineral quality to the water, and more brandy-alcohol-medicinal phenols in the finish. Otherwise, it is true, they are the same animal.
This is worth a try, if for nothing else, to taste a classic and elegant portrayal of the strong dark wheat style.

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Photo of crwills
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Poured a deep burgundy colour into a standard pint glass, with light brown highlights when held up to bright light. A HUGE fluffy head.

Smell is dark fruits -- raisins, plums, and pears, with some alcohol plus hints of banana and a bit of sourness as it warms.

Taste is very sweet -- raisins and other fruits again, very little actual alcohol flavour, unlike the smell. Low carbonation as well.

I could drink this beer all day, which at 8% alcohol makes it dangerous. An excellent doppelbock though. Having this, Celebrator, and Paulaner Salvator in my fridge at the same time is making me really appreciate this style!

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Photo of seedee17
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint + 6 oz. bottle with the yeast. A deep mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades but never disappears. Smell is sweet and estery, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is malty and bright. Hints of traditional weizen flavors like clove and yeast, with a strong malty undertone. The alcohol flavor is not nearly as strong as I expected, but it's definitely there. Nice fruity flavors and a pleasant carbonation make the beer seem lighter than it is. A nice clean taste and feel in the mouth. Very smooth and drinkable, but it sneaks up on you.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a chimay goblet.

color appears a muddy opaque brown, almost like mississippi river water capped with a fingerthick offwhite head.

aroma is very complex and deep, showcasing cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate and nuts up front with a secondary fruit note like cooled banana bread. wow.

the taste is delcious and like a mirror image of the smell with a very pronounced fruit medley on the palate. banana, strawberry and plum flavors unfold followed by spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg that are deadringers for the real thing.

mouthfeel is like dancing liquid velvet. sounds like bullshit but its true. the subtle but prickly carbonation is perfect.

fantastically drinkable. overall, aventinus marries intensity with grace

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You don't see many deep purple beer labels but this beer is revered in many circles so I guess we'll let it slide.
Pours a thick, sediment filled dark brown color with a thick head that dissipates quickly and not much lacing. The scent is fruity, with the requisite cloves and banana. Alcohol is also easily detectable in the nose.
A flavorful but mellow taste with a silky texture and almost no carbonation. The prime active agents in the flavor are roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The alcohol is present but nicely understated. A smooth , creamy aftertaste is also a plus.
This was first go with this beer for me but it's a clear winner; a complex, well sculpted beer that reminds me of a Belgian in its artistic interpretation of a style. Go get one and drink it.

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