Friday, 10 February 2012

Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Good evening all. Tonight's beer is Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn, a brewery I'd consider to be one of the most prestigious and well-known producers of German wheat beers (hefeweizens) today. This particular beer style is an eisbock, which is a bock (strong German lager) with a higher alcohol content, created through freezing and removing water from the beer to concentrate not just the ABV but also the flavour and body of the drink. I've only had one bock-style beer before so I'm looking forward to seeing what this brings to the table. Review after the pic....

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock (12.0% ABV) pours a dark red colour with a beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin halo around the inside of the glass, although this is understandable based on the higher alcohol content. The aroma is rather complex, with bubblegum, cloves, bananas and phenols (all characteristic of hefeweizens) backed up by a caramelised sweetness and a decent helping of blackcurrants. The taste consists of phenols, cloves, dark fruits, dark chocolate and cherries, with a yeasty aftertaste and no bite or bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, moderately carbonated and very drinkable. Overall, this is a dynamic and multi-layered beer experience that combines the best concepts of a hefeweizen with plenty of rich flavours in a surprisingly drinkable package. Definitely a beer to try at least once, although I'm sure that it won't be the last time either! 

Until next time....

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