Aventinus Eisbock

Style: Eisbock
Privatbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn, Kelheim, Germany

Reborn after 60 years!

Aventinus, the wheat dopplebock 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 1940s 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 stronger version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created.

Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster at the Schneider Brewery, decided to recreate this classic "mistake" in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later ... Prost!

"This spectacular beer is like Aventinus, but more so. Of course, as a true eisbock it is derived from Aventinus by freezing it, then removing the ice. This leaves a maltier more alcoholic beer. The aroma is huge with the normal malty, clove, and banana esters but also with the warming alcohols of rotting or overripe fruit.

Like Aventinus this beer is quite bubbly but the thick body hides this a bit more here. On the palate there's more of the great malty caramelly sweetness, more banana, cloves, cocoa, nuts. The finish lasts forever and has some dry fruit notes not found in Aventinus.

The color is significantly darker caramel than mama Aventinus too. As it warms you get subtle new spice and herb flavors, including coriander, savory, cardamom, peppers, even some minty notes. The body is extremely thick and creamy, silky. The late fruity notes keep changing and include melons (canteloupe?), berries, plums, and persimmon. There's also the same bit of sweet fungus that's always present in Schneider's wheat beers.

Leave it to Schneider & Sohn to push the boundaries of wheat brews. This sets a standard for wheat wines that will never be beat, though one hopes others will try, and maybe even come up with something nearly as good ... The only reason I don't give this beer a score of 10 is that I don't believe in perfection. This one rises to the level where I can honestly say I've never had a better beer."

Alan J. Moum
Oxford Bottled Beer Database

Aventinus Eisbock Barrique
This a special version that is 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 BFM in Switzerland. Each blend will be different as the barrels and blend ratio will be different.

Aventinus Eisbock
Alc./Vol.: 12.0

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