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

4,497 Ratings
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 corby112
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very dark brown. Aroma of banana and dark chocolate. One of the best dopplebocks I have ever tasted. There is a rich chocolate maltiness that is balanced out with a hints of banana and citurs fruits. Yummy!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Aventinus poured a dark brown color with a strong 2-3 finger foam head and not much in the way of lacing. The retention was moderate.

The aroma was wheaty with some fruit esters. The taste had a bite up front that left a tingling at the back of the throat. It was wheat filled all the way through. It had a sweetness that turned to a slightly bitter taste. I got some bananas on the back end of the drink. It was well carbonated and was an enjoyable and tasty beverage.

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

Prune colour, almost opaque in the glass with inspired carbonation, a two finger off white / tan head reduced but stuck around with decent lacing. Smell was banana, spice, cloves, chocolate cake. Big alcohol matched by big taste and mouthfeel, substantial body, a bit of citrus wanting to come through, overall refreshing impression. The alcohol was quite well integrated to begin with but; with warming, it took on a sherry-like warmth and texture. Nice malty impressions, some bitter chocolate, all in all well balanced for a big beer. This beer is probably not for novices, I recall having it for the first time a bit over a year ago and I was a little swept away by it. This time, I appreciated the unravelling of different layers of spice, chocolate, malt and wheat that made it well worth drinking slowly, which I suppose is warranted with the large alcohol presence. I could do with another of these, highly recommended provided you don't rush it along too much.

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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy brownish amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a ring but with tons of carbonation drifting up from the bottom.

Aroma is very complex and sweet. There is the sweet banana sweetness of the wheat in addition to caramel malts and dark fruits and even some spices.

The taste is an even bigger version of the aroma with the caramel malts really melding well with the sweetness of the wheat - cloves and bananas especially. The alcohol burn comes through slightly in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky sweet.

This is the best weizenbock I've ever had and one of the best German beers I've tasted. Highly recommended!

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

Pour: dense, murky body that almost looks like quicksand. Beautiful half-inch head. Never seen a beer like this before.

Smell: lots of wheat upfront. Flowers, clove, yeast, and dried fruit are also prominent. The aromas remind me of Schneider Weisse.

Taste: tangy spice, banana, and sweet malts followed by a light hop bitterness. The spicy wheat, yeast, and fruit flavours intensify with each sip.

Mouthfeel: body is crisp, smooth, and sugary. Finish is dry and bittersweet. The chocolate/dark malts produce an exceptionally clean, sweet, and complete aftertaste.

Drinkability: a very well-crafted beer, more enjoyable than the Original Weisse. This weizenbock is a good hybrid for those who enjoy wheat beers but aren't over the moon about bocks. A highly drinkable treat.

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Photo of mikeyv35
2.22/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted on 11/24/08, a 500ml. bottle out of a Duvel tulip glass. The beer was bottled on the 109th day of 2008. Initial appearance was a beauiful reddish-brown amber colour with a mouth watering 2 finger cream head. Unfortunately the smell and taste did not compare to the look. All I could smell was active yeast which overwhelmed any other flavours the beer might have had. The taste was the same yeast, yeast, and more yeast. I would say at least for me the beer is not very drinkable considering it was the first beer that I have poured in a long time. Not a big fan of German beer styles though, more of a Belgian guy, so I hope this brew will improve with more age. Overall, at this point of bottle ageing was very disappointed by this brew which is listed on BA's top 100 list.

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus is great beer. It's one of my favorite German beers, although I will readily admit that I've tried way too few good German beers. However, I think that the weizenbock style is criminally under-explored. The only other weizenbock that I've had the pleasure of trying was the longshot from Sam Adams, which was delightful but is probably mostly gone at this point. With so many crappy American Oktoberfests, you would think that a few more breweries might try their hand at this largers and more interesting German style. Right now, it's almost like Aventinus is single-handedly scaring everyone else off the market. Ok, ok, I don't get Victory, High Point, Brooklyn or Clipper City beers in my neck of the woods, but you would think that a brewery West of the original thirteen colonies would make a serious go at a weizenbock. Sometimes, I wonder if California breweries have something against Germany. But I digress and this is delicious beer.

Aventinus pours with a big bubbly head, justifying the champagne glass-shape of the prescribed glassware. The settled beer is a rich amber-brown with excellent lacing. The smell is just superb. It's a spiced fruit cocktail, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg stewed with pears, apples and ripe bananas. It's close to a spiced mead without the syrupy sweetness. I appreciate the taste more than the related eisbock. The eisbock is great, but the taste of wheat wine tends to drown things out. This beer showcases a range of flavors and is, in my opinion, an extremely easy beer to like. It is a great beer to spring on the wine crowd because there is a lot of fruitiness with a superb wheat backdrop and a touch of the wine-ish qualities of the eisbock. It packs complexity and steadiness into an incredible wheat ale. Schneider must have sold his soul for the recipe to this bit of alchemy. It is a unique flavor of beer, at least to my palate, and a marvelous bit of respite from the unrelenting onslaught of pale ales and stouts. This is one of those few beers that I could drink for the rest of my life and be happy. I love Belgians and gigantic American styles, but the Germans really know how to make a beer that you could drink at any reasonable time, and, even at 8.2%, I wish I had an entire three liter stein of it. You give me three liters of Aventinus and I'm willing to be fairly lax on the issue of the propriety of the glassware. Great, great beer. Thank heaven, it's widely available these days.

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

From bottle into Aventinus glass.

Thick, off white head with some retention, lacing. Deep amber/medium brown with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Hazy with plenty of suspended yeast.

Sweet and spicy, clovey, and vaguely fruity esters. NOt overly strong at first. AS the foam settles the sweet malty base shines through more clearly. Later in the sample the alcohol is more prominent.

Sweet malt and characteristic Bavarian yeast strain hit first and in balance. Clovey spiciness, mile alcohol, bubble gum and vague fruity flavors and complexity. Not really getting banana specifically. Some dryness in the finish becomes more notable as the sample warms.

Well carbonated, full bodied with slight warming sensation. Creamy texture on the inside of the mouth is pleasing. Some dryness in the finish later in the sample.

Drinkable? Are you kidding? For a big boy of 8.2%, it is extremely drinkable. Not that it isn't filling.

I love this beer. It is one of the world's greats.

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Photo of TommyW
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark red/purple. About a half inch head that quickly fades.

S- Amazing. Molases and dark fruits really stand out.

T- Very spicy. Cloves and dark fruit are the most prominent flavors, but there is a hint of banana as well. Only a slight note of alcohol on the finish.

M- Has an almost syrupy consistency that kind of coats the toung.

D- Not a beer that I would drink too many of. One, maybe two.

Overall, this is a very deceiving doppelbock; has the high alcohol content, but covers it up with lots of great flavors. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking to try this one for some time, and finally got the chance. (I had high expectations coming into this)

A-Poured into a Weizen glass, a huge light-tan head erupts (even with a very gentle pour) and it becomes quite obvious that this is a wheat beer. Medium brown in color, appears acorn when held up to the light.

S-While initially there wasn't much here, as it warms some scents of banana, clove, and...cigarette smoke(?) become evident.

T-Lively carbonation with spice and some alcohol initially, which fades into a strong but pleasant banana flavour with some spices towards the back of the tongue...

M-Syrupy, which coats the tongue...

D-If not for the relatively high ABV, it would be highly drinkable...

Great beer, which met if not surpassed my expectations.

Note: The banana flavours fade into the background as it warms, and are replaced with a bold malty taste, with some alcohol.

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Photo of Macca
2.8/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have found that I do not like what I would term big over the top alcoholic brews and this fits that description.

Two fingers of head when poured but this quickly drops with some retention. Murky brown in colour. Aromas of dark fruit and overwhelming alcohol which persisted on the palate. The alcohol just wiped out everything else for me. Totally dominant. Perhaps better with food?

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Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy dark mahogany with white head. It smelled like lemon and wild yeast, salt and vinegar, and no malt. It tasted like prune malt and sour wild yeast with lemon and salty hops. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was much more Belgian and less dark (lacking malt) than I expected. It was clean and drinkable, but didn't have a flavor that I particularly enjoy. It had decent body and hid the alcohol fairly well, and will hopefully become much more balanced with tasty malt character as it ages.

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Photo of Cresant
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 500 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. Coded 08.134 1-1 0205 2822 ? The body was a dull plum color. Semi-opaque with a crepe-like head.

Smell was dark berries and molasses.

Taste was tangy and spicy. Cloves. Banana bread and blackberry cobbler.

Mouthfeel was zippy at first but smoothed out as it warmed a little. A classic,although it is far from my favorite style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: A dark, hazy, muddy beer with slow-moving but ample carbonation that creeps up around the edges of the glass to contribute initially to the one-finger of white, frothy head and then to the ring of puffy lace left in its wake. Lacing is glittery, runny, slick, likely slightly alcohol retarded,

Aroma: Deep, roasted maltiness - sweet, with flourishes of brown sugar and honey - and lots of fruity notes that run the gamut from pear, dates all the way to dark raisins, figs. As things warm, a sharp alcohol note emerges, lending that definite rum raisin edge to things.

Taste: Similar to the nose, and that's a good thing. A definite banana/spice edge added by the yeast, which themselves also impart a few other earthy, funky flavors, but all in a wonderful balance with the fruity notes and malt overtones mentioned above. There's also a few light, fluffy wheat notes that actually help lighten the mouthfeel a little. A warming, lightly-spicy alcohol in the finish rounds things off.

Mouthfeel: Big and fluffy, but wonderfully even and smooth. A little crisp carbonation adds a wonderful element.

Drinkability: Better out of the bottle, I think. The flavors just seemed a little less vibrant here. Nonetheless, it's still a fantastic beer, flavorful, aromatic, attractive, creamy, and a definite winner.

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Photo of kshankar
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick tan head. Has some reddish streaks to it as well. Head retention is great.

Aroma: Dark fruits, wheat, banana, cloves...absolutely amazing. Has the typical hefeweizen smells (and dunkel), but its noticeably a bock. Already anticipating this one

Taste: Follows the aroma rather well. Some spices, the dark fruits, the wheat, everything comes into play creating a complex, but not too strong or overpowering beer. The alcohol taste is minimal, and it does not taste like the ABV it has

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice coating as well. Goes down really well.

Drinkability: I don't know if its a great idea to have a few of has a relatively high ABV, along with a body and taste that doesn't reflect that. Its easy to have a couple. But its more of a dessert type drink, or a nice nightcap, as opposed to a refreshing beer.

I can't recommend this enough.

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

Poured from 500ml bottle
A nice thick oatmeal colored head that slowly falls to a quarter inch tall head. It is a pretty brew...nice cloudy honey brown in color.
Smells of wheat, clove and malt.
Sweet chocolate covered cherries hit me off the bat. Raisins follow.
Medium body. Effervescent carbonation initially when mellows with time. After a while the beer becomes quite smooth.
The carbonation when first poured was a bit much but after it settled I was a happy man. This is one of the great Weizenbocks. I have an aged one that I am eager to try and will look for it on tap which should be interesting.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy brown and rust. Not much head. Leaves ring and sticky web.

S - Banana and clove, cooked pear, sweet candy, sumpin funky, too.

T - Rich meaty fruity pie. Dark flavors, complex and tasty.

M - medium to full boy, great carb, coating and balance.

D - For the style, very.

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Photo of trkerrigan
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


The main adjective for this brew is creamy. I don't think I have experienced a brew with such a smooth mouth feel as this one. Having said that, it is a complete surprise coming from a dopple-bock. (Athough i guess this is technically a Weizenbock)

The color is also incredible... one reviewer stated it is almost a purple appearance. I couldn't agree more.

Taste is amazing. The complexity was great. Fruity.. Banana, Clove, Plum, Date even, with a hint of spice. For an abv of 8.2% there was almost zero alcohol burn.

In sum this is a must try...

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Photo of Slynger
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aventinus comes in murky and deep, purplish amber with a big cap of very finely bubbled, fluffy-creamy, light caramel toned color.

Awesome nose. Everything comes through in the flavor too. Bit of chocolate and raisin, lots of red grape and apple with a caramel drizzle, some banana and clove, wheaty-yeasty-estery, earthy-grassy hops come through as well, and spicy alcohol. Way too drinkable. Ridiculously tasty. Nice full-medium body, not too heavy, Perfect carb, loads of it (not too much though), fluffy-creamy-wheaty and very lightly crisp.

The BEST of the style, a classic, and one of my favorite brews.

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Photo of babaracas
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with huge billowy, but fast fading, tan head. Smell: banana, clove, pear, vanilla, bubblegum, candied fruit, yeast, wheat, a whiff of alcohol. Taste: caramel, hint of chocolate, ripe banana, clove, dates, yeasty, subdued wheat, warming alcohol. Medium to full body, almost chewy, bready. Ever had chocolate banana bread? Wow, there is a lot going on here, all of it excellent. As a dunkelweizen fan this is a fantastic beer and a great option as the temperature randomly jumps from the 80s down to the 40s in north FL.

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Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 9fl oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Firm pour yielded one finger of pure brilliant white head, that contrasts dramatically with the Starbucks brown body. Head fades quickly and leaves minimal lace.

Nose- slightly burnt nuttiness, caramel, notes of coffee.

Palate- Interesting, not what I was expecting. Almost porter-esque. Some dark fruit, dates, raisins, plums. As it warms it really develops. Chewy raisin. Some elements of a Belgian Quad. Dates, Alcohol. Very smooth and clean. I enjoy how some elements of a heffe come through initially, and are followed by light caramels and brooding dark fruits. Complex, each sip seems a little different.

Mouthfeel- Slick, smooth and clean.

Drinkability- Very good. Probably could not have more then 2.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a huge fan of wheat beers until I Tried this one. The Aventinus pours a rich, syrupy brown with an aggresive head that rapidly dissapates. The aroma is all malt. Sweet with hints of toffee and carmel. This beer coats the palate upon the first sip. Flavors of carmel, dates, and malt are first noticed, followed by a slight dry finish. I found it to be quite easy to drink, despite it's ABV and viscosity. Aventinus is the best wheat beer I have ever had, and one of the best German brews I have tasted in my life.

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Photo of Arsenal82
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a brownish red color with a nice foamy head and lots of carbonation.
It smelled of sweet malts, dark fruits, plums, banana and clove.
Tasted of vanilla, cocoa beans, spices and some alcohol, very complex.
The mouthfeels was pleasant, pretty smooth, creamy and a little carbonation on the tongue.
This is one of the best bock style beers out there, without a doubt.

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

This is a very interesting, very enjoyable beer which I loved, although I was not sure what to expect.

Deep, murky brown with a little reddish-ochre hue to it, this has a big, dense, light tan head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroms is fruit - banana and stewed and spiced plums and pears, with a hint of burnt/caramelized pumpkin, bubblegum, whole wheat bread. It's very aromatic yet light and complex, with a definite hefeweizen element but also a stronger, bock-like quality, which seems logical.

The taste is highly interesting, lively and complex, which was what hit me before any specific flavours did. It is light, yet strongly flavoured, zesty, lively. It has a lto of fruit, spice, apple, 7-up, whole wheat bread, a hint root beer and a hint of rum - with alcohol evident but restrained and smooth. SUpposedly it's has some choclate, but I did not really get that. It does not taste its strength. it is highly drinkable and engaging.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on top at the Blind Tiger, NYC

The draught board at BT listed this as a doppelbock, so being that I was unfamiliar with the drink (and that I am particularly keen on doppelbocks) I was fairly surprised when I recieved it at the lightness in color as well as the somewhat-subdued flavor. I knew then that this was probably not a doppelbock and I checked BA to confirm it was a weizen... ANYWAY, once I'd adjusted to the beer's true identity I was ready for it and enjoyed it quite a lot. It smells like rootbeer and looks like it too.. Tastes sweet and a bit like caramel but very smooth, the sweetness is subdues and not so upfront. Mouth is on the lighter side of moderate. Highly carbonated. Very easy to drink and delicious as well.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.31 out of 5 based on 4,497 ratings.
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