Best Wheats 2010: #1 Schneider Aventinus

14 05 2010

This is not the first time Schneider Aventinus has made a Best Beer list here before. In December, we named it the Eighth Best Beer of 2009. Since then, Aventinus has gained a point to round out a perfect 100. it is not surprising to see that. This beer truly is perfect.

Earthy and rich, this beer defies expectations. There are not many weizenbocks our there, let alone Doppleweizenbocks. The result is a dark, bold, and mysterious beer. A wheat that is simultaneously smooth and spicy. All citrus and banana notes have been stripped out and replaced with purple fruit, chocolate, clove and all spice.

This is a beautiful beer and should be respected as such. This beer was almost given an “Honorable Mention” rather than the top spot because it may be too good. Leave all your expectations of what a wheat should be and just accept it for what it is.

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad CC

Schneider Aventinus-
Rate Beer Score: 100 Points (100 for Style)

Aroma: Clove, raisins, and pepper dominate the nose. A slight bready, doughy malt nose helps balance the spice of the yeast. No hops present.

Appearance: A ruby/russet body with no highlights and a light, fluffy head. Hazy body from not being filtered. Head has excellent persistence and lacing.

Taste: Yeast forward with spice–clove, all spice, pepper, anise– with dried purple fruit, chocolate and a dash of caramel. Super sweet but well balanced, not at all cloying.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, with pinprick carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied with a rich roundness to it.

Serve with red meat–pork chops, lamb, venison or steak. Or with dessert–cherries jubliee, carrot cake, mince pie.

Honorable Mention:

Schneider Hefeweizen Original
Rate Beer Score: 95 Points (99 for Style)

It seems every one is in agreement: this is the original hefeweizen, let’s have that speak for itself. This is the beer that set the style in the public’s view. And you just don’t get much better than that. We believe the only reason why the Schneider does not have a perfect 100 for style is because the style has changed to a more lighter color over the years.

Still, smooth, creamy, velvety with banana, clove, and citrus with a hint of smoke: this beer practically defines hefeweizen. The deep mahogany can be a bit off putting. But just enjoy it and this beer will pay off. We love this beer so much, we featured it in our How to Pour a Hefeweizen video last month.




4 responses

14 05 2010

Yeah…I must admit it is hard to take your advice. I know what a wheat beer should be. And it is not this in my mind. But I will listen (as you have yet to steer me wrong) and give it a try sometime.

Also, what a great video and a great end to a WONDERFUL week of beer blogging!

23 05 2010

What is your thought on a slice of orange with your wheat beer?

1 06 2010

I write about that in the “‘Tis the Season for Wheat” article a while back. ( In short, I believe that some beers can have the citrus notes accentuated by a slice of citrus. But many beers can stand alone without them. The metaphor we use at work is its like going to a nice steak house, ordering the prime rib medium rare and then slathering it with A-1 sauce. It’s not necessary and it ruins the delicate notes of a complex beer.

While I won’t begrudge any one of a slice, I don’t voluntarily bring one. And I have been known to talk a person out of putting a lemon in their 15$ Schneider Hefeweizen.

31 07 2010
Greg Babal

The Schneider Aventinus beer is an amazing beer. It was recommended to me at an Irish Pub in Hartford, CT. All other beers I have tried pale in comparison. It is deserving of the top spot!

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