Brewed by Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn
Style: Eisbock
Kelheim, Germany


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RATINGS: 2008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Aventinus, the Wheat Doppelbock of Bavaria, has always been known to be the most intense and complex wheat beer in the world. This was the case for the past sixty years, but not anymore...
Up until the 1940’s, Aventinus was shipped all over Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Consequently, the precious drink partially froze during transportation. Unaware that the brew was concentrated by the separation of water from the liquid. People were baffled by this unique version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created.
Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster of the Schneider brewery, decided to recreate this classic "mistake" in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later ... Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 From the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Wow. My first Eisbock. This was great. Smelled of raisins and allspice. Poured a dark burnt caramel color. No head at all even when i tried to tease one out. My first sip left me thinking of a barley wine then that second set of flavors came through and I tasted raisins and spices that were like a sweet stout or Baltic porter. The finish was clean with only lingering sweetness. I couldn’t taste a single lick of alcohol which is freaking insane for 11% Mouthfeel was great. Silky and substantial. I LOVE Eisbocks. I almost hope this is the worst example of an Eisbock cause then I have a lot to look forward to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Bottle # 29330. Brown, thick rich head, with a constant stream of bubbles. Fruity, raisin, plum and alcohol aroma. Thick, rich palate. Raisin and prune flavors, plus some herbal notes. Hints of red wine. Pronounced alcohol burn at the end. As it warms, some nutty and earthy notes emerge. This beer falls into that troublesome category af brews that I was glad to have drunk more than I was glad to be drinking. Nice, well made, but I don’t think I’ll be seeking it out again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2004
This beer pours a magenta color, fairly clear but with hints of cloudiness. The head was apparent for about 12 seconds and thick may i add before it wafted away into fizzy nothingness. The aroma yields definite alcohol but also a pleasant sweetness provided by raisins and plums. I also detect a hint of raspberries and perhaps a tart fruit and doughiness. The aroma is definitely sweet with roasty qualities in the finish. Carbonated front which leads to zero carbonation in the finish. Some darker fruits and nuttier qualities in mid-taste with a touch of honey. A hint of vanilla and malt right up front with a bittering warming alcohol finish. Not as dry as I would have expected. Liquorice in the finish as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 10, 2004
Bottle# 023619. Dark cola body with very few grey bubbles. Almost no bubbles left after 10-15 seconds. Smells dark and sweet, brown sugar, rich malt , wheat, cherries, figs/raisins. Taste is rich and sweet with more wheat, seemingly roasted, and grapes, cherries, malt and a slight citrus twang. Lots of yeast clumps in glass. Very tasty but a little too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
vodka or tequila alcoholic aroma. dark white head and dark brown colour. very strong tasting. one of the strongest i’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
2013-03-14, purchased in 2010 but with bottle number 2006/07286; 7-3-8-4-15=37
American export label, no ABV info

Dark brown color, the head is short lived. Caramel and wheat aroma, with impression of Parmigiano Reggiano. Full bodied, with good caramel flavor, sweet but lean, light oxidisation, some wheat, hint of nuts, moderate bitterness and just a tiny alochol perception.
Balanced and better than the fresh bottles; I don’t know if it’s 3 or 7 years old, but some aging improved the beer.

2011-01-11, bottle from Maruhn, Darmstadt, bb 30.10.15, 12% ABV, 7-3-6-2-11=29
Dark amber to mahogany color, with dark ruby reflex; the head is short lived. Mild aroma of caramel and bubblegum, light banana and alcohol. The mouthfeel is fizzy, there is caramel flavor, just some residual sweetness, light banana and wheat flavor too, and unfortunately a light sourness, a sign of infection, quite rare in Germany. Difficult to appreciate.

2004-07-30, bottle, 11% ABV, 6-3-8-3-14=34
Muddy dark amber color. Malty, sweet, strong; too high alcohol punch. Some liquorice, candies, caramel, Weizen character… Too much extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 5, 2004
11.2 oz. slender, brown, longneck bottle. 2002 batch, decyphered from bottle stampings. Bottle number 014125. Barely audible pffttt when opened. Poured out a deep caramel brown color, with reddish highlights. Ruby port color in appearance. Head is non-existent. Barely a fine line of lacing around the edges of my snifter. Aromas are of alcohol right off the bat. But, upon further inspection, the aromas envelope the nostrils with rich Dutch cocoa notes, background of bananas macerated in brandy, that first cup of latte’ in the morning, and rich cheesecake. Aromas are somewhat deceiving, because the tastes just don’t match up. Tastes are of rich tawny port, alcohols, and Godiva chocolate truffels. Finished somewhat sweet and malty. It surprized me by how smooth and rich it was. If you can find this beer, you sincerely owe it to yourself to buy it and try it, at least once. It really is an experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Pours a dark brown, looks a little cloudy, small white head. Smells a bit like a sweet and malty strong belgian. Fairly strong alcohol bite. More of a sipping winter warmer type beer than it’s little brother, but still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Dark brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. A medium to full bodied eisbock. Malts are dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste, despite the alcohol bite. Dark fruit and banana flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Small bottle; rating from memory. This is a bigger version of Schneider’s Aventinus (an Imperial Weizenbock?): licorice, caramel, banana and cloves.

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