Eisbock, thy name is delicious
A Review of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock by Schneider Weisse
Posted on 9/4/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
Sometimes in order to understand where you are going, you have to appreciate where you came from. I'm sure someone, somewhere has said something like this much more eloquently than I just did, but the point remains the same. Educating ones self often leads to better understanding. That being said, let's take a very brief moment and get educated about the beer style known as the eisbock. The eisbock is a beautiful accident. Years ago, a barrel of doppelbock was left outside at a brewery, and it froze in the cold winter weather. Instead of wasting a delicious barrel of beer, someone decided to just remove the ice that had formed. The end result? A highly concentrated doppelbock, or as we now know it, an eisbock. Intense flavors, aromas, and a big ABV are all characteristics of this style, and no beer represents its style better than the Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock does.

Upon cracking it open, one can immediately pick up on caramel. Sweet, strong, rich caramel. It's almost like the beer is giving you a heads up so you can get yourself mentally prepared. While taking that mental moment, go ahead and pour it in your glass. You get the chance to see a dark mahogany colored beauty of a beer. Hold it up to a good light source, and it takes on an rosy brown color. A small head fizzes up with the pour, but thanks to the high ABV in this one(12%), it's gone in no time. Remember, the eisbock is like a doppelbock on steroids. When poured, those strong caramel aromas seem to get even bigger, and also take on some chocolate characteristics. Some nice dark fruit smells come through as well. Plums, figs, and dark cherries easy to detect. After giving it a moment to settle, you can even pick up on a bubble gum smell. It's like that super sweet, sugary bubble gum you used to get as a kid. And of course the tinge of alcohol in the nostrils is unmistakeable.

When you take that first sip, you are greeted by sheer beer bliss. A strikingly smooth mouthfeel is complimented by the taste of rich caramel and all those dark fruits mentioned earlier. The caramel tends to fade out about midway through, and give way to the fruits, which really shine. Plum tends to be the most dominant, but the figs and cherries make themselves known in light notes throughout. At the end, light chocolate and brown sugar, along with sweet fruity esters come forward to finish you off. And when it is all said and done, you are left with a bit of an alcohol tingle in your nose and back of your throat, while being coated with a light, sticky, sweet and fruity taste.

Let me be blunt. The Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock is the perfect example of a beer completely owning and dominating a style. Furthermore, it is overall one of the best beers out there. I would hope that at some point, every beer drinker that is in search of better beer ends up holding this one in their hand. For those of you who consider yourselves more advanced, its simple. If you haven't had this one, go find it. The flavors, aromas, and mouthfeel all shine. And the overall sum of these parts ends up equaling a beer masterpiece. Now for those less experienced in the art of amazing beer, you just aren't ready for this one yet. You need to work your way up to this level of excellence. You should view this beer more as a goal, and less like a target. Take your time and be patient. Once you make it here, you will see what all the fuss is about, and finally realize that this is what beer is supposed to be.

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