803: Aventinus

803 - AventinusName: Aventinus
Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Kelheim, Germany
Style: Weizenbock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.20%
First Brewed: 1907
Price: $3.99

Tasting Notes
Ruby-dark in color with a compact and persistent head. The nose is fruity, tart, with hints of chocolate. A slightly sour palate combines with a full, fluffy mouthfeel, balanced by flavors of banana, pear, caramel, dark chocolate, before sliding into a dry, spicy cove finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I see this beer all the time at Total Wine, but never knew the history behind it. There is one guy that RAVES about this beer, calling it, “the best beer ever”. Not sure it is the best beer in the world, but I am excited to try it. I like the label, too… it’s purple. I bet Sheryl likes that. It’s her favorite color. I also really like the name. Look for the next few bottles to be from the other side of the aisle. You need to visit a Total Wine to know what I mean, but at Total Wine, the beers from the United States are on one side, and then all other countries on the other. I will be spending more time on the other side for a while. Just to make things interesting!

In the Glass: After hearing Sheryl explain it, I am not sure I can do this beer justice. She basically said someone took a “dump” in the glass. Her words, not mine. I wouldn’t say that, but the beer is quite dark. It also has a large head that just sits there for 5 minutes. Granted, I did a hard pour, but the head was impressive. The lace isn’t very impressive considering the head, but I am not too worried about that.

It says on the bottle that this is “Germany’s original wheat-doppelbock ale”. Not a typical style for us, so let’s dig in.

Nose: This smells like a spicy wheat beer. The aroma isn’t all that impressive. I am impressed with the ABV on this one. 8.2 for a beer that is only $3.99 a bottle is a pretty good deal. I am also seeing, “TAP 6” on the label. It is on the label and on the neck of the bottle. I don’t know what that means. Maybe I should Google it.

A second whiff has me smelling more dark fruits leaving with a very earthy finish. I hope it tastes better than it smells!

Flavor: The flavor is quite complex, and I am getting a lot of different flavors throughout. I am not sure where to start. At first I get typical wheat beer flavors; think Blue Moon. Then it mellows out as I swallow, and some subtle sweetness kicks in. Then plums take over. Maybe that is why the label is purple. The plums are really obvious for a few minutes, then a nice drying takes over. The finish only lasts for a few seconds, but it is a very enjoyable drink. Again, not blown away with the flavor profile here, but I am impressed with the complexity this bottle offers.

Mouthfeel: Considering the head on this, I expected more bubbles. The mouthfeel is quite nice, and slides down smooth. It is VERY easy to drink. There are some bubbles at the end of the drink, but nothing to write home about. On that drink I started to swish the beer around in my mouth a little. I plan on doing that for all beer reviews going forward so I can comment on my additional experience. When doing that here, the bubbles overwhelm the palate, but the plums really come through. If I didn’t know any better, I would think they used plums in the brewing process on this one.

Aftertaste: The sweetness from the plums sticks around for a few minutes, and it slowly becomes dry. The finish doesn’t last very long, but it is long enough to make me want another sip. I am drinking this right out of the fridge, and with this one, I am not sure if warming up will do much for the beer. The best part of this beer are those fruity flavors I am getting.

The guy that calls this beer, “the best beer ever” must not have a very refined palate. It’s good, but it is by no means the best beer in the world. Actually, the best beer in the world, according to RateBeer, isn’t even that good. Cool story, but quads are just not my style. They did a good job with this bottle, and I am going to look at where those plum flavors are coming from. Best part of this offering. Cheers!

Aventinus – The bottle says: “A rich and complex delight from Bavaria’s oldest wheat beer brewery. Carefully selected ingredients, skilled fermentation in open vessels, as well as fermentation and maturation in the bottle guarantee the distinctive taste of this authentic wheat ale.’

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Ok, this is going to be kind of gross… but today’s beer looks kind of weird to me in the glass.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it tastes great.  But, well, it looks really thick and brown.  So thick it looks solid.  I’m going to leave it at that.  Moving on…

It had a lot of head when poured, but that is mostly gone now, and it didn’t really leave any lace on the glass.  The beer smells pretty good, kind of spicy and fruity.  It smells kind of like the fruit you would encounter in trail mix… raisins and such.  I bet this is a good one.  Let’s find out.

Well, it tastes more carbonated than I expected.  The first thing you’re hit with is a lot of bubbles on the tongue, like champagne, only obviously with a very different flavor.  It does have a good taste, but you don’t really get to taste it fully until you experience the aftertaste.  Those bubbles really interrupt the taste in the middle.  I think I’d rather it didn’t taste quite so carbonated so you could experience the flavor some more.  I am feeling some heat in the aftertaste too, so I bet this is a pretty high ABV.  The flavor that I am getting definitely rings true with the smell.  It’s got a fruity, raisin kind of taste, along with a bit of spice.  It’s pretty good.

All in all, this is a good beer, but the bubbles get in the way, in my opinion.  It does get somewhat better as it gets warmer and you can taste the flavor more.  I like it, and would consider buying it again, but I think it’d be a lot better with less carbonation.

Rating: 3.5/5

802 bottles of beer on the wall…

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