Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Eisbock Barrique
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #11
Ranked #19,871
3.88 | pDev: 15.98%
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Very Good
Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Eisbock BarriqueSchneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Eisbock Barrique
Notes: Schneider Aventinus Eisbock matured for 15 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. In 2010 Hans-Peter Drexler started a new project : maturing some of his finest beers in wine barrels. He enjoyed the expertise of brewmaster Jérôme de Rebetez from Brasserie des Franches Montagnes in Switzerland who grew up in a wine producing family. Thus, they created delicious new beer aromes. Mein Eisbock Barrique welcomes you with an intense raspberry, cherry and vanilla aroma. A very rich and harmonious taste of chocolate, vanilla and berries will explode in your mouth leaving a lasting and pleasant after-taste reminding you of good red wine. This beer is recommended with chocolate and red fruit dessert or a blue cheese. however, as it is so powerful that it can easily be enjoyed by its own.

2014 & 2017 vintages. Please review 2015 separately.
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Julio's I could have sworn I bought this back in 2012. Bottle # 089/688

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark ruddy garnet hue practically still.

S - Aromas of dirty red wine vinegar. Candy sweet malts and oxidation. Wet cardboard too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those dirty wine vinegar. Ashes, pencil shavings. I mean, this is just terrible.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, and by lightly I mean almost still. And sticky.

O - Overall this was a really terrible beer. Not sure how you can turn base Aventinus to this but just horrible. Such a shame.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 30, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to rudzud
Slight bubbly carbonation head more like soap bubbles, long legs, very dark brown color

Nose is weird, super sweet candy syrup malt, some malt and red wine vinegar notes, mild caramel biscuity notes, earthy dirt soil, wet cardboard oxidation and pencil shavings, can't do any more

Taste is pure disappointment, earthy dirt soil with wet cardboard and pencil shavings again, more malt vinegar and wine vinegar, sour like notes, ashy cigarettes tobacco, mild toasted malt but barely, dry slight bitter finish

Mouth is med bod but syrupy almost no carbonation, a little alcohol

Overall just sad, really poor beer

Dec 30, 2018
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janubio from Spain

4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper colour, medium head with shor retention, No lace. Aroma of wood, wine (Chardonnay?), chocolate, cherries, prunes, dates, caramel, banana, vanilla. Medium to full body,oily and thick palate, no carbonation. Taste of grapes, wood, chocolate, wine, cherries, dried fruits, caramel, vanilla, wine. Acid finish. Great and complex beer.

Dec 05, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: clear, brown and almost flat
S: barrel, booze
T: unexpected tart, barrique notes, red wine, some malt sweetness, wineous aftertaste, complex
F: only slightly carbonated, almost oily
O: this is a special treat and very expensive. I do not agree with other reviews that this is like red wine. red wine brings more fruitiness or tannins. however it does have a red wine character but when you focus on the malt sweetness you clearly understand that this is not a red wine. anyway, complex but not a real killer and as a result too expensive.

Oct 28, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The 2017 vintage.

Purchased for $24.99 at Arrow Wine. 11.2 oz bottle.

Very wine-like. A sweetish pinot. Too much wine character for me. I like me beer to taste like beer and my wine to taste like wine. Drink this beer with any food you would pair with sweet wine. 2.75

A – Pours a dark amber brown with no carbonation or lacing. Dark but clear. A huge quantity of dregs in the bottom of this one. 3.75

S – Vinous aromas, the pinot barrels are clearly evident, some slight sweetness and faint pepperiness. 3.25

T – Tastes like a wine. Too sweet. Some oxidized, old ale characteristics. 2.75

MF – Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Smooth with no carbonation. 3.0

Sep 06, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 11.2 oz strangely shaped bottle into Flute glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Murky brown. No head. No lacing.

S: Red wine.

T: Red wine.

F: Medium body, syrupy, crisp.

O: If I wanted red wine I would drink red wine.

May 28, 2017
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Albianfire from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look - murky, dark brown like a date. No head with thin lacing aroun the edge of the glass. Few rising bubbles. I poured it wrong because I picked up the sediment resulting in floaties.

Smell - dark fruit, plum, prunes, alcohol, and a slight tequila like smell which was not unpleasant.

Taste - plums, figs, banana, alcohol is very prominent but did not burn. Tartness towards front of tongue. Again, a tequila like finish to me. Odd, but intriguing.

Mouthfeel - light carbonation with syrupy feel. Creamy when swished around. Nice.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer as something different from the typical styles I drink. I could drink only one as it is heavy and boozy. However, at $5.00 for a 12oz bottle I won't be revisiting often.

Jun 21, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Brown (like gravy) with hints of red. Completely opague. No head at all. Appears flat; dead looking. Not appealing.

Smell: Sour, with aroma of tart cherries and berries. Interesting.

Taste: Smooth sour start progressing to a tart acidic feel ending with flavors of cherries, berries and pinor noir lingering in your mouth. Very interesting. Taste improved as the beer warmed up.

Feel: Thick full body; very mild carbonation, if any; almost flat. Slight pucker at the end of the sip from the sourness - which kind of saved the day in terms of the feel.

Overall: Very different beer. Kind of a beer-wine combination in terms of flavor and body. I found that I enjoyed the beer more as I slowly drank the glass. Note something that I would drink often; however I would enjoy savoring a glass on occasion. Would not complement a meal; would be better on its own or as dessert.

Feb 01, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark, murky nut brown brew with a yellowish tinge at the top edge. No head to speak of - at all.

Aroma is quite sour and vinegar-y; as it warms, more details emerge. Quite a bit of red wine - including a discernible Pinot Noir aroma - and oak barrel. Added to that, fruit - both tart and dark - and brown, thick, slightly sweet-smelling malts.

Flavor matches what you'd expect from the aroma. Quite sour, "brown," fruity, red wine, oak, a tiny bit of vanilla, slight sweetness, and a musty component that's hard to pin down.

Actually quite tasty; not quite among the best sours in the world, but not too far below, either.

Flat, dead mouthfeel; completely unsatisfying. The sour is not nearly as puckering as it's presented in the flavor. Mild warming heat from the aftertaste. Slick, medium bodied, with a long wet finish.

The lack of carbonation on this makes it a difficult beer to appreciate. At the same time, the malt component has a just slightly off-putting flavor that takes some adjustment. If you can think of this as a cask beer, or even better, a wine, at least the mouthfeel can be overcome. Even then, though, the flavor is a let-down for me.

I really enjoyed the Cuvee Barrique from Schneider & Sohn, but this one just doesn't do it for me. I applaud their creativity with this series, but I think this beer could have been done much better. I certainly wouldn't purchase it again at the high price.

Dec 28, 2014
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful rich and extremely cloudy brown with reddish tones when held to the light. IT is so cloudy as to be impenetrable to most light. The head is tinged off white, shallow and tiny bubbles that leaves almost no lacing down the glass.

The nose is spectacular with a very fruity dominance that has strong notes of bananas, alcohol, malt, vanilla and apples.

The taste is smooth and clean with a very sweet malty flavor that is not as fruity as the nose but definitely has some nice complex flavors that are suppressed by the higher alcohol content. Among the classic bread notes and sweet malt there is some subtle apple and banana with a nice yeasty flavor that is super rich.

The mouthfeel is nice and rich and covers the palate so that the full experience of the beer is there to be enjoyed.

Overall this is another phenomenal offering from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn. Everything they do is exceptional and this is no exception. A perfect example of a an eisbock. I highly recommend trying this one.

Aug 14, 2014
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themind from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer! A very woody beer that shines with french oak notes. This is bottle 124 of 688 made. The abv is there but smooth, it's very strange. If you can find this brew...grab it as it is very rare. The beer has flavors going on that I can't put my finger on, just a complex, smooth Eisbock.

Bottom Line: rare interesting beer.

Jul 12, 2014
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hayesjw from California

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

six ounce pour for $5 USD at 547H.

A - Midnight dark brown that is opaque with lacing on edges of flute.

S - Fig and winter farm smell. (very clean.)

T - Consentrated and heady sweet dry stone fruit that is enjoyable with each taste.

M - Warm coating of sticky alcoholic jam.

O - Figs not raisins define this wonderful example of an eisboch.

Jan 14, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 365/688.

The beer displays a dark brown / burgundy body, appearing nearly still. Nice aroma, featuring port, sherry, oak, dark fruit, plums, figs. Smooth and complex. This one drinks like a port wine or after dinner digestif. Alcohol presence is there, but not overpowering by any means. Light to medium in body with no carbonation. A fun beer to sip and enjoy.

Jan 02, 2014
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Dark brown liquid. No light passes through. No visible carbonation. No foam , no lacings.

Aroma of wine, plum, fig, raisins and alcohol.

Taste of raisins and figs. Sweet. Reminds me of sherry or a tawny port. Definitely a sipping beer. Deep, rich, sweet and intense. Smooth , slick start. No bitter aftertaste. Heavy, thick mouthfeel almost syrupy. Chewy.

This was a recommended pick from my local craft beer store geek. Although the bottle is 11.2 oz, I suggest you share this in sherry glasses and not a full glass pour. Very rich. Would be a great after dinner beer to share with a group of friends.

Dec 26, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Aventinus brands are a masterfully beautiful collision of the worlds of wheat and bock, they've kicked their game up a notch by introducing a bold weave of wood and wine. Its extra complexity and balance takes the beer in a whole new direction.

Its slightly carbonated pour allows a dainty veil of foam to float the murky and mauve ale underneath. Seeming like prune juice, the ale is kind of an ugly duckling however that thin off-white head does amount to a scattering of lace in the beer's wake.

The steady and firm aromas of caramel, toast and "candy store" type of confection note are smooth and rich. Its weizen influence of banana, clove and Juicy Fruit bubblegum are met with raisin, dates, figs and grapes in much the same manner as the standard Eisbock. But the strong tart wine note gives the ale a complex sourish scent that keeps the Weizenbock aromas a bit more muted than usual.

The front of the mouth is greeted by the thin caramel, honey and powdered sugar sweetness that's delicate and playful early on. As the dark, dried, stone fruits unfold on the middle palate, it introduces a sour grape flavor that's somewhat of merlot, cider, oak-aged chardonnay and a lot of wood spice. Its banana, clove and bubblegum taste is diminished in favor for a slight vinegar and limey tartness.

With its light carbonation, the ale sits weightily on the palate and allows its sweet and tart fusion to saturate the taste buds completely. As the ale shifts from the texture of powdered sugar to dryness, it layers the tongue with wine-like acidity, strong peppery tannin and powdery bitterness in its long-lasting finish.

The complex ale really shift from sip to sip to give new flavors and textures along the way. But as it tells a remarkable story, its sour twang pushes it slightly over the edge as it begins to impede drinkability and its sultry malt character.

Nov 04, 2013
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BethanyB from New York

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours from the bottle like simple syrup. Murky clarity, light coffee color. A white film gravitates quickly to the sides of the glass, much like kids at a junior high school dance. Not a pretty beer, but perfectly fine for the style.

Smell: A jumbled, complex bouquet of banana bread, dates, apples, plums, and cherry cordial. The many scents, both light and dark, fail to come to a balanced consensus. The overall aroma is softer than expected for such a big beer.

Taste: Even wilder in terms of complexity than the smell, but also matches the smell's peculiar lightness, with each of the flavors being somewhat soft on the tongue. The banana bread and prunes are still there, but are this time accompanied by bubblegum, cloves, and maraschino cherries. Many of the flavors seem out of place in their remarkable resemblance to those of a Hefeweizen. Very little bitterness, as to be expected.

Mouthfeel: Instead of clinging to the throat or the tongue, the alcohol warmth settles in the stomach. The texture starts syrupy and only gets thicker as time goes on. And yet, a good amount of carbonation somehow prevails, assisting in creating a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Was excited to try this, as Eisbocks can be so hard to come by! It was therefore disappointed by the lightness of the flavor and aroma, as well as by the lack of melanoidins. The banana/bubblegum/clove combination was strong enough to have fooled me into thinking this was a Dunkelweizen. Still, this was a tasty beer with some interesting characteristics to keep a sipper occupied.

Nov 01, 2013
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OPJohn from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alright, this is a complex malty booze bomb. Poured from a fancy bottle into a plastic blue solo cup served fridge cold. On the pour and in the cup, it's a thick, viscous dark brown that reeks of booze, almond, burnt toffee, dark fruit and alcohol. The color is an opaque syrup brown.

Eisbocks are actually a type of ice-distilled Bock beer where the brewer will freeze the beer once, twice, sometimes even three or more times and remove the water while leaving behind all of the roasty alcohol goodness. What's left over is a strong anti-freeze that was once beer but is now an ice demon.

Zero carbonation detracts from this beer. I would've liked to have had some fizz on it but the flatness renders it slightly two dimensional. The treatment in the wine barrels is pleasant and adds a complex wine fruityness to the booze volcano churning in my stomach.

Definitely sip this beer. If you can chug a mug of this beer and survive, you're a better man than I am. Or Woman. Did I mention boozy?

Oct 13, 2013
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Jonada from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Bottle #248 of 688. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber color with hints of brown. Pours with no head or visible carbonation. Appears still. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Port, cherry, caramel, hint of chocolate. Strong vinous character on the nose.

Taste: Mild semi tart vinous character upfront, not unlike a pinot noir. Middle of the mouth yields toffee, chocolate, booze and dark fruit. Mellow, oaky vinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Zero carbonation.

Overall: Interesting stuff. Wine barrel aging definitely mellowed this out and added some additional complexity. Biggest complaint is that it was completely flat. While flat can work for some beers, a little carbonation would have gone a long way on this one.

Oct 04, 2013
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was shared amongst friend and served in a small wine glass.

Appearance: Amber brown with no clarity or vision of bubbles. Typical of eisbocks.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, oak, a little booze, and pinot noir aromas.

Taste: Oak, a little tart, sweet caramel, pinot noir, and a little oak butter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, rounded, syrupy, boozy, low carbonation, full bodied, and a nice sipper.

Overall: The maturity in the pinot noir barrels makes this beer delicious and balances out the sweetness qualities well. I'm going to have a hard time finding this one again.

Sep 28, 2013
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with. Thin off white head that completely faded away and left no bubbles on the surface or the sides if the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of port wine are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very much reminiscent of a port wine and has complex fruit flavors along with strong bites of Pinot Noir wine barrels.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming are also perceptible.
O: This is a very pleasant sipping beer-it definitely tastes strong-but the alcohol does not detract from the taste.

Sep 16, 2013
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Ysgard from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly lucky to share an 11.3? oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet, Virginia Beach.

Poured ~3.5oz into three flutes.

Appearance: No head whatsoever. Thick velvety brown with ruby highlights. Viscous but not sticky.

Smell: Tawny port, nutty, a touch of chocolate, some sticky caramel and a bit of ocean-like salt.

Taste: Up front is a very nice bodied red wine, mellow and peppery, followed by some spice and a tiny bit of oxidation cardboard, followed by just a bit of toffee treacle, not unlike a vintage JW Lee's, only much more subdued and integrated. The way the front melds into the end is very reminiscent of a Tawny port. A touch of oak sweetness in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not sticky, I really wish this wasn't practically still. Some mild carbonation would have helped here. There is some nice oakiness here though.

Overall: Incredibly unique experience. Well balanced, and nice to see from a German brewer.

Aug 26, 2013
Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Eisbock Barrique from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 64 ratings