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


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RATINGS: 2033   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14533) - 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 (5282) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Pours a deep dark hue. Nice chiaroscuro between the body and the head. Nose is abundantly glorious. Smells like a very rich and holy quadrupel. Notes of charcoal, merlot grapes, and candied plums. Flavours will blow your mind. Notes of aniseed, raisins, oats and brown sugar....perhaps even yams. Dizzyingly complex. Exceedingly warming as well. My stomach is burning like a coal. All the good things about the aventinus and none of the overt yeasty punch. G-rat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, chaotic foam, bready and malty nose, banana and alcohol, tart and slightly acidic, lot of carbonation, very bitter, long pruny and alcohol finish - heavy and quite cloying

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2004
First Eisbock courtesy of Slikwily. Lots of Head out of the bottle which is always a good thing:) Very excited to try this brew. Dark Chocolate color and tone. Looks rich, I’m sure it lives up to its billing. Great beer. Good afterburn letting me know its potent and going to be here for a while. Good chocolate flavor. Definiately intense and potent. Licorice undertone and definitely has a winter warming effect. Touch of coffee underneath that makes a very intriquing taste experience. Strong and powerful just like a German Bock should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Big nose of prunes, caramel-sugar, overripe banana and lots of alcohol. Mouthfeel is super thick, like a V8 Splash, almost sediment-y and chewy. Good looking purple-brown with tight light brown head. Taste is too much alcohol, along with cinnamon raisin bread and, more prunes and bananas. The alcohol trumps all, though. This is sweet and decadent, but I have to say I prefer the regular Aventinus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich 4/15/04. Coarse grey-tan head that dissipates quickly to a microscopic string along the edge of the glass. Dark brown-copper color, lightly hazy but just damn dark. Almost purple. Intense aroma with dark honey, berries, zesty pepper and yeast. Hints of dark cherry and sherry. Huge flavor as well, sweet and rich with clove, alcohol, caramellized banana, and some prune. Finally, a huge wallop of alcohol-- literally breathtaking and intoxicating in its power from the first sip. Oily and big, almost phlegmy it’s so damn thick. Incredibly robust beer. I likes. But maybe not in July. This should be sold in shots. I'd say it feels STRONGER than 11%.

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