Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn is a traditional Bavarian style brewery that has been in operation since 1872. The brewery remains family owned to present day with George Schneider VI currently at the helm. Aventinus is a strong Weizen Bock style beer named after Johannes Aventinus a Bavarian humanist historian. The Aventinus Eisbock is a stronger version of the well known Aventinus whose origin came to fruition accidentally. According to the brewery the story goes as follows:
“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 …”
As far as I can recall I’ve never been able to try another Eisbock mostly due to the scarcity of the style. Aventinus Eisbock pours a silken opaque brown with a smooth pillowed head of creamy beige. A small stream of tiny carbonation bubbles slowly cascade towards the head. The nose is fruit forward with banana aromas and a note of brown sugar malts. At 12% its tough to hide alcohol aromas but Aventinus manages to just have a mild warming whiff of booze. The first sip has a gorgeous malty sweetness with candy and brown sugar notes, roasted barley and wheat malts. The bananas and a splash of light citrus fruits show despite the strong malt character. The finish has a supremely smooth and silky mouthfeel lacking an overly abashing bitterness or alcohol aftertaste. The overall taste profile is extraordinary and without prior knowledge I would never have guessed this clocks in at 12% making it a tad dangerous.