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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,498
Reviews:
2,143
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
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334
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599
For Trade:
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Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this at Kurtz/Vreny's in Duluth, GA. Pours a deep brown with a very strong head. Smells is slightly spicy with a hint of dried fruit. Taste is very malty, with the malts and the dried fruity taste being the primary taste. Pretty tasty. Decent amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. A very drinkable weizenbock.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep crimson with a thin tan head. Very nice.

Lots of dark fruit in the aroma, along with a spicy clove in the background and some sweet malts.

Taste is nicely balanced between spicy and sweet. Some cherry and plum notes with a nice grainy malt. Also some clove in the background throughout. A hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and thick with somewhat heavy carbonation.

This is insanely easy to drink despite the heavy mouthfeel and 8% ABV. Delicious.

HV

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

Oh Lord! This is one helluva beer. A dunkel weizen-bock that seems just so... Evil and lovely. On the more serious note, it's amazing!

Pours a dark amber color with a nice beige/white head.

The smell is really nice of peppercakes, spices, some hops and a light tone of matured bananas.

The taste is pretty similar to the smell, but it tastes even more than it smells. Very sweet, but a bitterness that balances it, feels warming in the stomach.

Great beer, I will surely have a few of these this autumn/winter!

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Photo of SirSketch
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got two of these in my virgin trade, courtesy of paulthebeerguru... really great trader by the way!

A - Beige head with really beautiful lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles. Hazy color of dark honey. Nice!

S - Definitely a wheat beer in aroma. Tons of dark fruits I can't put my finger on. Banana and clove present, and yeastiness as well. Complex and just great.

T - Very sweet taste. Esters, clove, and light caramel. Stings the tongue a bit. Sweet, long lasting aftertaste. Really enjoyable. I wish I could say more, but I can't pick out all the nuances of this beer.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Tingly sensations, and the mouthfeel of light syrup.

D - Definitely a sipper. One to be enjoyed.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown and somewhat similar to a doppelbock. Transparent when held up to light. What makes this beer is the enormous head, which came to the size of a fist and is off white in color. At the top the head even muffined over the lip of the glass and ran down the side a bit.

Smell - Sweet fruits and caramel notes. Extremely smooth but spicy as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Creamy and full bodied, with a mild carbonation. Very smooth and sweet taste lays down the base for this beer. Plenty of dark fruit and caramel malt to match the nose, as well as a spicy bread taste. The thing that steals the show in this one is the back end. The creaminess in the back seems to last forever and really gives it a signature.

Drinkability - It's been a while since i've had one of these, and it's just as good as I remember. As said before, the alcohol is invisible for an 8%.

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Photo of MtVernon
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything everyone else says about this is true... this brew is a work of art.

I'd put this up against Chimay Grande Reserve. It's different, but just absolutely delicious.

The appearance, something I don't often spend a lot of time on, is a gorgeous, dark, cloudy ruby-brown. Unbelievable.

The smell... what can I say? The long-tweaked work of some brilliant brewmasters. These people should be really proud of what they have accomplished.

Taste? I don't need to say anything here. It's absolutely superb.

Mouthfeel - smooth as silk. Makes you giddy it's so smooth.

Drink - This could be dangerous, given the ABV. The alcohol is superbly masked. The richness of this beer is second-to-none, but it's magically extremely drinkable. Be careful!

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with cherry hues. Head is off-white and prolific, taking it's sweet time to dissipate. Smells of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, sweet bread, and some hops in the background. Tastes sweet up front with a little alcohol peeking through and a slight acidity. There's also some raisins, caramel and malts in there. It's big, bold and beautiful. It's medium bodied and fairly well carbonated which leads to a certain crispness, although it's still smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before you try Aventinus, you must know that there are BIG differences between fresh Aventinus and vintage bottles from the brewery. I'm reviewing both here, but my ratings pertain to vintage Aventinus. In my experience, a 4- to 5-year-old bottle is among the top 2 or 3 beers available today, while a fresh bottle is in the top 10. As such, a 5-year-old bottle gets a perfect 5.0, while a fresh bottle is about a 4.7 or a 4.8.

AFTER 5 years, Aventinus starts to break down. A 6-year-old bottle might rate a 4.0 or worse, so bear that in mind and aim for 4 or 5 years of age.

Appearance -- (Recent vintage) After a solid "weissbier pour" from a 500-mL bottle into my Aventinus glass (which is quite distinctive), I examine the beer from head to foot. This stuff serves up a whopping four-plus fingers of creamy, firm, off-white head, which lingers for over two minutes before settling into a quarter-inch cap for the remainder of my drink. Solid lacing leaves evidence of each sip. The body of the beer -- and this may be partly due to the glass -- fades from a deep, rich blackish-purplish-brown at the top to a deep amber at the bottom. Even from a "fresh" bottle, there are visible chunks of sediment floating in the beer.

(Five-year-old vintage) Similar pour, same glass. Two to three fingers of off-white head, which recede within about a minute and leave only a filmy cap. Lacing is minimal. Vintage Aventinus is marginally more brown than the fresh stuff, but man, it still looks great in the glass. Of considerable note, the yeast becomes much less chunky with age, blending with the body of the beer much as the flavors coalesce over time.

Smell -- (Recent vintage) Well, this is a wheat beer, but it smells like something altogether unique. Then again, if you don't like wheat beers, you may not like this one, either. I smell dried fruits (e.g., raisins, dates), honey, and the faintest metallic twinge. Oddly, this is somehow compelling, rather than off-putting.

(Five-year-old vintage) With age, the aroma sweetens and warms, and the metallic note disappears. Dried-fruit odors still dominate, but a wholesome wheatiness ties it all together. Scents of toffee and burnt caramel are also apparent...there's a lot going on here, but it all makes sense after a few whiffs. Stunning.

Taste -- (Recent vintage) Truly hard to describe. This is the "biggest" wheat beer out there, in my experience -- with the noted exception of Aventinus Eisbock. Sure, you'll detect some of that signature weissbier breadiness, but this beer is about more than that. I pick up brown sugar, dates, raisins, burnt caramel, and a heavy dose of malt. There's also a toasted-grain quality to this beer that I've never tasted elsewhere. Again, totally unique.

(Five-year-old vintage) Still huge, and still completely unique. The appearance/smell/taste/mouthfeel experience is the most integrated beer-drinking experience you're likely to find. The flavors listed above are the main attraction, but with age, they merge to form a strikingly unusual whole. Sweet, savory, fruity, malty, and earthy all at once. A masterpiece.

Mouthfeel -- (Recent vintage) As an avid wheat beer drinker, I find this one to be heavier and thicker in the mouth than most. The sediment in this one really is chunkier than that of a standard hefeweizen, and you'll feel it going down. Honestly, this is a mild drawback for me; I'd prefer the yeast to distribute itself more evenly throughout the glass. The sediment in a glass of fresh Aventinus is akin to what you might find in a particularly "dirty" Belgian abbey ale.

(Five-year-old vintage) The formerly chunky sediment is now an integral component of the beer's body. This elevates the mouthfeel to something uniquely sublime...think "thick chocolate milk," but with malty, yeasty, mildly carbonated alcohol. Coats the throat, to great effect.

Drinkability -- (Recent vintage) This is where the vintage stuff really shines, by comparison. A fresh bottle of Aventinus is some appreciably potent stuff, especially for a wheat beer. Between the the big taste, the big mouthfeel, the chunky sediment, and the relatively high ABV (by wheat beer standards), one bottle of this is probably enough for one sitting. But it does leave you wanting more -- this is a beer you'll think about for days after you drink it, identifying subtleties you couldn't quite place while drinking it.

(Five-year-old vintage) Whatever alcohol heat you feel in a fresh bottle has faded into the background with a few years of aging. I still don't think I could put away more than a half-liter of this in one sitting, simply because it's so rich. Drinking more than one bottle would be like eating half a cheesecake -- albeit a delicious, potentially life-altering cheesecake.

Aventinus is a truly unique beer, and required drinking for any fan of wheat beers. In fact, it's strongly recommended for ANY beer drinker.

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

Appearance - Coffee-like color, and you can see the sediment inside, only adding to the coffee appearance. Toffee-colored head.

Smell - Wheat smell dominates with a heavy sugary fruit smell to it; plums, apples, and figs.

Taste - Wheat again dominates with fruits laced with alcohol taste. Raisins seems to come out more in the taste, with a hint of apple. Also has a subtle brown sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel - Sediment adds another interesting level to the mouthfeel. Lighter for a weizen, with a heavy dose of carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down easy, but doesn't hide the 8% as well as I might have hoped. Still a delicious brew.

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Photo of kinger
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sturdy wheat with a nice aroma and awesome flavor. Refreshing wheaty scent, very crisp. Pour is a light amber/dark copper huge head and moderate lacing. Satisfying to the palate, with a strong alcohol finish that is exceptionally smooth. Flavor is truly remarkable. Underlying wheat presence with a nice malty sweetness. Well balanced and very drinkable. Great brew here.

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

This has been a wheat clincher in my frig for fifteen years. It's the brew I always turn to as the grand finale to a Weizen afternoon. You can't beat a heavy-on-the-alcohol malt assault after a couple (yeah sure) of standard Weizens. Seriously, this is a world class beer that sets the standard in this micro style (few attempt this quest.) Smooth as a Samui wave that glorys the arrival of a Thai evening, this purple-labeled bottle delivers satisfaction to the few that appreciate a beer well done, excellence accomplished by the same brewery that awards us with the exceptional Schneider Weisse. I'm clinched once again.

I've had a few,
Yes it's true.
Doppel my wheat,
Bock my brew.

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

Here is beer in a purple-label bottle. Last time I had one of those, I ended up with a mouth full of berries. Not this time.

The Aventinus pours with little carbonation and a very slight head. It has a beautiful cloudy mahogany coloring. I would say it looks "dirty-red"

A yeasty smell rises up from this beer with aromas of cherry, honey and apple cider.

There are major flavors of apple and honey in this beer. Also, a slighly bitter aftertaste arises, yet is is nice, like a licorice almost.

It feels fizzy and frothy. Definately a heady drink, full of body. Packs almost too much of a punch.

I love the angle here, but there is something going on with the aftertaste. It leaves a minute sourness which does not detract from the overall impact of the beer, just my desire to have another.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Malty sweetness, grape/prune aroma is prominant, mild alcohol. No diacetyl or DMS. No perceived hop aroma.

Appearance - Brown with nice copper highlights. Pours a thick 2 finger tan head that dissipates into just a ring around the edge. No lacing.

Taste - Malt sweetness with prune like esters, slight caramel from the boil, and alcohol on the finish. Again, no diacetyl, or DMS. No perceived bitterness. Very clean. No significant lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - light to medium body. Medium to heavy carbonation. The alcohol is subdued. No perceived bitterness.

Overall Impression - This is a good beer, and a wonderful example of the Weizenbock style. This is a very drinkable beer, but is complex enough that you can drink it slowly, and enjoy its aromas and flavor. This makes it a good choice for many different situations. I highly recommend this in your regular rotation. If this isn't enough for you there is an Eisbock version that is outstanding!

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

Served from bottle.

Cloudy-murky nut brown appearance.

Smell of overall spiced sweetness. Banana chocolate yeasty clove

Taste deep and complex . very balanced up front. sweet spiced caramel and light fruity chocolate molds into a lingering crispness

smooth and silky in the mouth at first with fair carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling crisp and acidic.

Very enjoyable beer! very complex. I haven't decided yet if the crispy acidic end is something I'm a fan of: but it does buzzz....

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Photo of MiScusi
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA.

A- Pours a murky brown with an off white head. This was poured into a Ayinger Celebrator flute glass.

S- Obviously dark malt, with wheat and the phenols and esters that come with it. Clove and banana were apparent but not excessive.

T- A really nice balance of chocolate, caramel, wheat, and the yeast by-products of phenols and esters. Really tasty.

M/D- Really smooth due to the enhanced malts but still spritzy enough to be similar to a hefe. Just good all around here. One of those beers that after you take a few sips you just want to keep on sipping it. Becomes addictive I guess you can say.

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

Poured into weizen glass from bottle

A: Hazy dark amber, finger of head that dissipated. Carbonation apparent. Interesting looking brew.

S: Strong wheat tones with hint of alcohol as well. Very nice nose.

T & M: Wow, I really really enjoyed the taste of the beer. Strong wheat tones but the body much stronger that the typical hef that I've had. I'm really looking forward to the next Saint Arnold Divine Reserve which will be in this style.

D: Highly drinkable, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely be having again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe it was because I had this beer at Cafe Brucke in Milwaukee, where the owner is fastidious about presentation detail and the beer always seems super-fresh, but this tasted great to me.

It poured a dark but brilliant mahogany color into a weizen glass. Lots of head with great staying power. Aroma is clovey with a significant malt presence and quite pleasant. Flavor is clovey, fruity, with some bock-like maltiness. It is a substantial beer, but is not heavy and hides its ABV quite well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. If you're looking for a 8.2% ABV that will go down great on a hot day, this is it.

Seriously, I don't know where Cafe Brucke gets their import beers, but they always look to be in mint condition. If I bought this beer from Discount Liquor across town, it would be old, stale, and the bottle/label would be dust-covered and beat to hell.

I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An appearance of a bubbling, shadowy sea of dark amber topped by marshmallow head. An aroma of caramelized plums, spice, and strangely...ketchup. A delicacy indeed! Initial grape tag team with dark malt (but no roast) slight booze, banana, vanilla extract, and mild spice. And this is a handicapped match; they are kicking my ass. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This brew has character and flavor worthy of defining a genre. Another beer of the gods with flavor that hits every area of the tongue making it hard to place which taste you like most. I'll take em all with a big grin that I can't wipe off my face.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Jacob Wirths in Boston before the Redsox game.

Pours a murky, icetea looking brown with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly, but leaves no lacing.

Smells like bubblegum, clove, banana, and wheat bread.

Taste starts off with some well-carbonated cola and bubblegum flavors before some wheat and clove. Finishes semi-sweet with some banana notes and more spice.

Medium-bodied, and very smooth.

Good drinkability, but the ABV limits it just a bit, especially on a hot day. Otherwise, very enjoyable! A great beer!

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

Poured a cloudy, chocolatey brown with a small head, about one finger thick, that dissipated quickly.

The nose contains some yet unidentifiable spice notes with a hint of red grapes and toasted malt

Starts with a light, somewhat fruitiness and the feel is quite remarkable. Fuller than I expected with the carbonation lingering on the tongue for an extended period.

The finish is much richer with toasted malt, spice and fruit notes.

I am not really familiar with Wiezenbock but I may have just had one of the best of the style I am likely to have. Try it if you get the chance.

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

16.9 ounce bottle purchased from Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo for three dollars, probably the tenth time I have had this but feel like reviewing it now, split with my dad, poured into my weird looking Aventinus glass

A-Deep reddish brown, lots of sediment, huge two inch plus soapy off white head, might have poured too aggressively, nice retention, not much lacing though
S-Wheat, spices, bananas, cloves, brown sugar, sweet malt, and caramel
T-Lots of yeast and wheat, bready malt in the middle, finish has various fruits but mostly pears, plums, and red apples, taste gets a little sweeter as it warms, really like banana taste later on with a big caramel malt presence, complex and well balanced, yum
M-Sweet, chewy, and dry mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, needs more carbonation in my opinion, taste lingers nicely
D-Could drink a couple bottles of this, alcohol is hidden incredibly well, taste is inviting, light on stomach, ABV is eight though, very smooth

One of my favorite German beers hands down, bottle says 8.2% ABV, this bottle is about a year old and it tastes great both aged and fresh, so simple yet so good, one of a kind beer, have never had anything else like it and it is always a cheaper alternative when I am in the mood for a great brew, there is a reason why this in the top one hundred, will certainly drink again soon, recommended

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

A- Poured into an eventinus weizen glass leaving a rather unimpressive 1 finger head that slowly recedes into a cap with minimal lacing. The body is a nice brown with ample yeast sediment.

S- Very nice clove banana maltiness with just a suggestion of light alcohol leading me to believe that this is going to be a large beer. Deep down I detect a fresh green apple with a light pepperiness. Nice.

T- Initial thought is that the alcohol is well hidden but does have a nice warming on the way down. I get notes of banana, clove, a touch of cocoa, with a finish on the sweet side. Banana split kind of comes to mind here. After a very long.. sweet finish I gather some very intense pepper which I enjoy thoroughly.

M- Mouthfeel is big warming with just a nice scrubbing bubbles of light carbonation. The finish is nice.

D- Other than the warming, the alcohol is hidden well. I wouldn't call it sessionable but I could see this linking up very well with some German food. I will revisit this is the future as I don't think it really lived up to what it can be.

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Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy and very dark ruby brown. A small white head forms and sticks around as a small cap. Very little lace.
S: Caramel malt and fruity. Apples, peaches banana's and dark fruits. Alcohol from the start.
T: Again, lots of fruit, sweet caramel malt, and spicy. A bit chocolaty. The fruit character rangers from banana's, apples, figs, plumbs, raisins and a lot more. Tons of warming alcohol, and it also seems a bit metallic and coppery.
M/D: A snap on the tongue from the carbonation, but is also soft and creamy. The alcohol shows (as mentioned above), but it has a welcome warming effect. A nice beer to sip on.

Very nice. I was not blown away by it, but it is complex and a well crafted beer.

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Photo of joezak5
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into its own glass,a unique really skinny glass at the bottom four inches but a nice tulip at the top of this footer... a token of appreciation from the good folks at Oak Tree in S. Plainsfield, NJ; beautiful dark blackish red with just a trace of light sneaking through. Decent two finger head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Toasty wheat bread peppery cloves and sweet dark fruits. Deepy and darkly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation, moderately syrupy, just a little hoppy on the back of the tongue... a malty paradise on the tongue.

Taste: Sweet bananas drizzled with caramel and spiced with cloves and cinnamon. Just a little yeasty nuttiness sneaking in throughout. Peppery warmth on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: This is one to savor even thought is goes down so smooth. A real beauty.

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

This beauty was my only bottle selection for the evenings tasting and I was far from dissapointed, other than being given a pint glass to pour this fine creation into.

A: Poured a murky dark brown with crimson accents, a one finger head, excellent lacing and fine retention. Head retianed a full cap for half of the glass.

S: Sweet malts and estery accents(cherrys and prunes and then bananas). A mature aging aroma which sublte wheat/grass undertones. If I'm not mistaken, there could have been a coco element.

T: Yeasty wheat, a fully bready persona. Fruits(pear/apples) came in second that added to mild spice swirling around. I deteted some fresh grapes within that adds to the sea of flavors(honey/vanilla) for this complex masterpiece.

M: Thick, chewy, creamy and full of well balanced carbonation.

D: A true delight after some disappointing tasting prior. The ABV comes in during the second and third tastes, which I fould very impessive and enjoyable.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.31 out of 5 based on 4,498 ratings.
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