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Jan 24, 2008 03:46 PM

Aventinus by G. Schneider & Sohn...heaven in a bottle.

Several years ago, I worked on a down and out horrible project in a place far from my home. My one saving grace that got me through the day was returning to the hotel bar at night and a chance to unwind and indulge in a G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus wheat doppelbock ale. The bar was going through some "world beers" campaign and I just happened across it. Had never heard of it or doppelboch ales. Rich, complex, dark and strong. Sometimes I tasted toffee, other times cherries, still other times cloves or maybe it was just malt. I could have filled a books worth of tasting notes. The hotel bar charged me $10.00 for a 500ml bottle. There went my dining stipend...

Fast forward- I'm at a local store in Brooklyn the other day, trolling the aisles for my beer stocks, when all of a sudden I spotted it on the shelves. Price, about $3.

Herr Aventinus, willkommen back to my world!

Anyone else have thoughts on this beer?

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  1. Phenomenal beer, what more can you say?

    I've been going through a serious old ale/barleywine phase, and I snuck an Aventinus in on a friend of mine. We were really blown away by how similar its malt character was to those English styles, albeit with different esters from the different yeast strain.

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    1. re: Josh

      I know most beers are like this, but with each degree change in temperature, this beer changes in flavor. I've decided not to keep them in the fridge because when served too cold I miss the full complexity.

      1. re: Silverjay

        High alcohol beers especially benefit from warmer serving temperatures. If you like this one, I suggest seeking out JW Lees' Harvest Ale. It's similar in alcohol and maltiness, but slightly different flavor from yeast.

    2. Great beer. If you like that, try to get your hands on the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock. It's the regular Aventinus on steroids. Bierkraft should have it.

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      1. re: Ralphus

        picked this up recently in a lcbo in toronto.

        really lovely. we only grabbed one bottle and so i'll have to hunt down more to add to the collection.

        1. re: Ralphus

          Saw the Eisbock at the Spuyten Duyvil shop yesterday, but instead went for the aged Aventinus (2002), which comes in a wrapper. I'm planning to do a side by side of the regular and the aged....Then I guess I'll sleep for 18 hours...

          1. re: Silverjay

            Wow, I'd love to try that. Should be awesome.

            1. re: Josh

              Yeah. 18-hour naps are the best!

            2. re: Silverjay

              dude, don't bother with the spuyten duyvil shop. great bottle selection, but have you felt the temperature in there? it's been about 85 degrees the last few times i've been in. i don't mind dropping some serious coin on a few bottles, but damned if i'll do it if they've been stored in a sauna.

          2. I had the pleasure of discovering this beer in Germany years ago, either before it was imported to the states, or before it was at all available. It was served on draft at many bars in the small German town where my college friend was studying for the year. Three or four large drafts of this really had an effect of a couple college kids accustomed to spending Friday night with a case of Natural Light.

            I smuggled a couple home in my suitcase and treasured them when I opened them a few months later.

            Today I have to be in the right mood to have an Aventinus. It's a little sweet for my preference most days, but still a wonderfully complex beer. If you are in Brooklyn it will be possible to find this beer on tap from time to time with a little searching - and I recommend that you do. I've seen it in a few bars around New York. Gingerman has offered it before, I've ordered it at Jimmy's (, and it came in an Aventinus glass, though it appears they don't offer it currently.

            Quite a few New York bars also offer it by the bottle - Silver Swan is one, as is David Copperfields. I'm sure there are some in Brooklyn as well.

            1. Aventinus is good stuff. I've had bottles at Lederhosen and Hall Berlin, but I had it on tap last week at CB Six. Very good.