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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée BarriqueSchneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crossovert on 08-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Aftrr dinner. No foam. Ugly aspect. The woody, winey, sourish profile hasnt captivated me, I found it pretty plain and boring. The body, watery

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevinlater
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My notes: BI > MTMOBA >DBA
Interpretation: Bought It > Made The Mistake Of Buying Again > Don't Buy Again

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

As "Cuvée Barrique":

[After some confusion regarding the distinction between my bottle - which is labelled "Cuvée Barrique" (note the absence of the word "Mein" both on the label and hangtag) - and beers labelled "Mein Cuvée Barrique" and "Aventinus Cuvée Barrique," I've come to the conclusion that "Cuvée Barrique" and "Mein Cuvée Barrique" are the same beer, with the possible distinction that they dropped "Mein" from the epithet for the 2015 bottling. For clarity's sake, this is a cuvee/vintage blend of Tap6 Unser Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock. Unlike this blend, "Mein Aventinus Barrique" seemingly undergoes barrel aging in four different barrels (while the hangtag and label for this beer identify no more than one). There's also "Eisbock Barrique" which is a completely different beer. Confused yet?]

BOTTLE: Limited Edition 2015. 375ml format. Brown glass. Has a paper ribbon taped over the unbranded pry-off crown cap; the cap, like most caps in the Tap X series, has a plastic seal on its underside to benefit cellaring/aging. Label is iconic Blue & White. Classy through and through. Has a neck hangtag. Best before: 17.04.2020.

"Wheat doppelbock" (i.e. weizenbock, though it's unclear whether bottom fermenting yeast was exclusively used seeing as it's a blend of an eisbock and a doppelbock, and I imagine Schneider uses top fermenting yeast for their wheat beers - including Aventinus). 9.50% ABV. "Bavarian handcrafted ale aged in oak wine barrels."

Served chilled into a weissbier glas in Munich. Expectations are high given the brewery behind it, which for my money makes some of - if not *the* - best weizenbocks worldwide.

HEAD: ~1cm white head dissipates within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing. Audibly fizzy as it fizzles out.

BODY: Amber with brown hues. Floating yeast particulate is plainly visible within. Translucent; nontransparent. Turbid. Darker than many weizenbocks. Appears aptly carbonated.

It looks merely average for a weizenbock/wheat doppelbock. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Red wine barrel is obviously dominant. Tannic notes, slight acidity, reticent oak. Wheat. Bready malts.

I don't find any yeasty esters...no banana, no bubblegum, no orange peel, no clove. I'm still not clear on whether ale or lager yeast (or both) was used.

Red wine steals the show here, which isn't necessarily a good thing; I want more from the base beer.

Suggests a wine-dominant German brew with ill-enough traditional character in terms of the style.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Not boozy.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smacky red wine acidity is present throughout, replete with tannic notes and suggestions of reticent oak. The red wine is nice, but it seems to drown out the subtleties of the base beer, burying even the basic wheat and bready barley malt backbone - let alone any more delicate esters. I'm inclined to suspect the use of ale yeast since it just doesn't seem as cleanly attenuated as a true doppelbock would be, but maybe that's the barrel mucking things up. Maybe there's a bit of chewy toffee in the mix...

Balance is poor given the barrel character almost completely eclipses the base beer. I appreciate the experimentation, but tradition gets buried beneath the facade of red wine aging; where's the fresh wheat character? The heavy doppelbock liquid bread? The eisbock alcohol warmth? I'm unclear on what this beer gains for having been blended and barrel aged; it seems it's a net loss.

Not a gestalt whole of a beer, but it does have some cohesion.

Texture is filling, acidic, smooth, and wet. Heavy and full-bodied. Not really boozy; drinks like it's maybe ~8% ABV. Overcarbonated. There's no harmony of texture and taste here.

OVERALL: I remain confused about the distinctions between this and Schneider Weisse's similarly named beers, and their website is of no help on the matter. But this beer just isn't well-executed, and isn't true to either of its constituent styles because red wine notes drown out everything. Schneider Weisse makes some incredible weizenbocks; this is not amongst them. Really disappointing coming from the brewery that more or less saved wheat beer.

C (2.92) / AVERAGE

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color bock with a medium size of-white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of vinous notes with some oak and tart notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also a solid mix of vinous notes with some oak and tart notes with light acidic notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Quite enjoyable beer but does not really taste like a weizen-bock at this point and is more akin to a Flanders Red.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(limited edition 2014 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: initial pour (minus bottom inch of liquid, including dregs): brilliantly-clear, plum/garnet-colored liquid... fizzy foam on that initial pour, disappears entirely, leaving it looking like still wine... forget lace... looks more like a port wine than beer

S: once cap was popped off, aromas immediately mad there way to my nose... dark grape vinous, bit of a varnish-y ester... citrus oil highlights... hints of rich, dense, sweet malt far below the fruity barrel-aged elements - barrel character king here, it smells little like Aventinus, though I'd admit the malt aromas do bear some resemblance to the eisbock

T: nail polish remover with an Aventinus reduction flowing underneath - a more flattering interpretation might be: tonic of exotic citrus shrub with a decadent understated underbelly of crystal 90L extract... vague aftertaste of toffee drenched in plum wine... even the eventual addition of the lees only adds a faint, woody earthiness... at least this ain't all that sweet

F: elegantly slick, though comes across lighter-bodied than expected... perhaps delicately chewy - a long residual outflow - but thinner than a doppelbock... palate stays lit up by the fusel oil spill

O: more like a Belgian red than a weizenbock, that's obvious... maybe less time in the barrel is needed?... the sour character is lip-smacking, reminiscent, but no quite as nose-watering as that Blueberry Nightmare beer... glad I tried it, glad they made it, but I won't be buying another bottle, that is, unless they do this cuvee in a Lagavulin cask...

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arevalo
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsudge
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeissBoy
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Glorithm
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky swamp water, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing. Hints of sour cherry, oak, vineous grapes and barnyard funk. Nice sour flavors alongside sweet cherry notes, subtle toffee and caramel linger alongside a nice candied apple flavour. A tad thin but super smooth and ABV is undetected. I will be grabbing another bottle of this, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma dark fruit, earthiness, cherries. Taste acetic cherries, wine.

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Photo of Patbrown2
2.56/5  rDev -35%

Notes section describes this as retired, but that's obviously not the case.

I'm obviously not getting this beer. The pinot noir flavor dominates to the point that I'd rather have a glass of the real thing.

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvée Barrique from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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