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