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A wheat dopplebock by Bavarian brewery G. Schneider & Sohn.

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One of my favorite beers

  • Dec 11, 2009
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Aventinus … it almost sounds like a character from Greek mythology, doesn’t it? Well, it is. But G. Schneider & Sohn apparently chose the name to honor Johannes Aventinus, a Bavarian historian and philologist who wrote an influential German history book. Will this info make the beer taste better? Only if, like me, you enjoy watching people’s eyes glaze over as you drop stun grenades of trivia at their feet.

The label says “wheat dopplebock,” which sounds suspiciously similar to a weizenbock to me. As its pours, the beer initially exhibits a dark brown hue, but then a touch of light makes it glow like boiling rubies encased in glass. The soapy white head provides a nice contrast, and a layer of foam lurks at the top for the duration.

I lift the glass to my nose and inhale nothing but fruit. Sweet, ripe blackberries with raisins and caramelized bananas. The beer hits my palate screaming. Intense fruit flavors mask the 8.2% ABV, which leaves only a tingling warmth on the tongue. I also detect some chocolate and spice — almost like spiced rum! The syrupy, full body strikes a pact with the creamy foam topper and the crisp carbonation, and the resulting textures make my mouth rejoice. And, because this spectacular ale only comes in pint bottles, the rest of my body soon joins the festivities by falling down a lot.

Aventinus is one of my favorite German beers. No — it’s one of my favorite beers, period! It blends the best of hefeweizens with the best of dopplebocks. Truly a wheat dopple if I’ve ever drunk one. And you should definitely drink one, too.

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February 24, 2010
I just recently tried this for the first time....my review will be posted at some point. I'm used to yeast left in beer and it doesn't bother me...but this had huge chunks floating in it, which I wasn't wild about. But a good beer
February 24, 2010
Interesting ... I haven't had that problem with this one. Obviously there's always some sediment, but it's never hindered my drinking experience.
January 15, 2010
Great review and great trivia. I've never tried this beer before, but your description makes me want to! I just shared this on Twitter so my friends can enjoy it too.
February 24, 2010
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.
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From the Schneider-Weisse website:

"Dark-ruby, almost black-colored and streaked with fine top-fermenting yeast, this beer has a compact and persistent head. This is a very intense wheat doppelbock with a complex spicy chocolate-like arome with a hint of banana and raisins. On the palate, you experience a soft touch and on the tongue it is very rich and complex, though fresh with a hint of caramel. It finishes in a rich soft and lightly bitter impression.

  • Dark-ruby colored, wheat doppelbock
  • Complex spicy chocolate arome
  • Pure top-fermenting yeast
  • Original bottle fermentation
  • Created in 1907
  • Creator: Mathilde Schneider

Wheat doppelbock 8.2 % vol. alc.
Original gravity 18.5%"

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