Schneider Weisse

SCHNEIDER WEISSE

G. Schneider & Sohn is a Bavarian brewery company founded in 1872 by Georg Schneider I and his son Georg Schneider II, after they acquired theWeisses Brauhaus in Munich, the oldest wheat beer brewery in the city. In 1927 the owners, who to this day are descendants of Georg Schneider I, expanded their brewing operations into Kelheim and Straubing. After the breweries in Munich were destroyed in 1944 by bombing, the entire production was relocated to Kelheim”

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

AVENITUS WEIZEN EISBOCK: 100 Points

Frozen Bliss

Frozen Bliss

This Weizen Eisbock is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aventinus, the Wheat Doppelbock of Bavaria, has always been known to be the most intense and complex wheat beer in the world. This was the case for the past sixty years, but not anymore… Up until the 1940’s, Aventinus was shipped all over Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Consequently, the precious drink partially froze during transportation. Unaware that the brew was concentrated by the separation of water from the liquid. People were baffled by this unique version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created. Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster of the Schneider brewery, decided to recreate this classic “mistake” in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later … Prost!”

My Description: This beer is brewed with amazing quality and it becomes addicting instantly. At 12% alcohol this is more of a treat than a session brew. It begins with a nice sized, light beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and interestingly sweet with notes of yeast spices, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. This beer is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is powerful and complex. There is so much going on that one person might taste something that another person does not. I tasted notes of caramel, raisins, figs, bananas, cloves, alcohol, and a touch of cherry. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter and helps relieve some of the sweetness. These flavors work together beautifully to create a delicious and warming experience. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate, aged Parmesan, or grilled steaks.

ABV: 12%  Color: Mahogany/Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

TAP 4 WIESEN EDEL-WEISSE: 95 Points

Slightly Complex Hefe

Slightly Complex Hefe

Also sold as Tap 4 Mein Grünes, this Hefeweizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A shiny-brass colored organic wheat beer, certified Naturland organic. An aroma of hops and citrus with a spicy note perfectly balances the malty character with the easiness of the hops. Refreshing and full-bodied at the same time.”

My Description: This Hefeweizen is satisfying and addicting with a flavor profile that is world class. It has a very large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is enticing with notes of cloves, bananas, some citrus, and other yeast notes. This wheat beer is medium/full bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is very clean and mimics the aroma nicely. There are faint but noticeable flavors of clove and citrus accompanied by a delicious wheat malt body. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and hides the alcohol beautifully. The flavors are slightly complex and extremely enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled snapper, roasted asparagus, or salads.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Gold/Copper  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

TAP 5 HOPFENWEISSE: 98 Points

Amazing quality

Amazing quality

This Weizenbock is a collaboration with Brooklyn brewmaster Garret Oliver and is available in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett’s concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other’s brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.”

My Description: I love it when two amazing brewmasters get together and produce a beer that shows the qualities of each brewer beautifully. This is definitely one of those beers. This beer has a very large, off-white colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of citrus, wheat malt, floral hops, bananas, and a touch of tropical fruit. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is dominated by a fresh and clean hop presence. This is accompanied by notes of wheat malt, citrus, bananas, with a hint of cloves. The alcohol can be felt but blends smoothly with a moderate bitter finish. I love this beer; it is delicious, satisfying, and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with feta cheese, BBQ ribs, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 8.2%  Color: Murky Honey  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

TAP 6 AVENTINUS: 100 Points

King of Weizenbocks

King of Weizen Doppelbocks

This Weizen Doppelbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Deep and complex – for big and relaxing moments by the fire. Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish.”

My Description: Taking every piece of this Weizen into consideration, this is one of the smoothest wheat beers I have ever drank; plus it doesn’t hurt that the flavor profile is delicious. It begins with a very large, light beige colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and welcoming with notes of bananas, cloves, malt, bread, and a touch of floral hops. This beer is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is well balanced with a slightly complex flavor profile. There are notes of bananas, cloves and other yeast spices, hints of dark fruits, raisins, bread, and caramel. The caramel becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the alcohol only adds to the enjoyment. This beer is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled steaks, or chocolate desserts.

ABV: 8.2%  Color: Chocolate Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

TAP 7 ORIGINAL: 93 Points

The Original Recipe

The Original Recipe

This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles

Brewer’s Description: “With its amber-mahogany coloring and streaked with fine top-fermented yeast, this beer has a fine, persistent head that adheres well to the glass. It is pleasantly fruity with a typical top-fermented smell, an aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose. On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced. It finishes with a light, delicate taste of bitters leaving behind a sour impression.”

My Description: If the recipe isn’t broke, then don’t fix it! It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle with minor yeast notes of clove and nutmeg with a touch of wheat malt. This ale is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is definitely dominated by cloves and other spices. There are also flavor notes of light fruits and bananas. The finish is minimally bitter with a sour hint that is welcoming. This beer is clean and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roast pork, Camembert cheese, or meat loaf.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Amber/Mahogany  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

TAP X MEINE PORTER WEISSE: 93 Points

Great Combination

Great Combination

This Weizenbock is available for a limited time in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A historically bold but in taste ultimately a very appropriate combination of two wayward beer styles,”Drexler concludes. TAPX Meine Porter Weisse shimmers ebony-colored in your glass, crowed with a fine-pored, creamy head. Hints of chocolate and coffee come to your mind. The roasting flavors flatter your palate and award the beer with fine bitterness. A pleasantly dry mouthfeel completes this enjoyment. The complex aroma profile is the expression of a successful association of these contrasting beer styles. Georg Schneider himself gives us some of his own suggestions for possible food pairings with the new TAP X: Personally, I’ve been enjoying the pairing of our TAPX ’Meine Porter Weisse’ most with hefty sausages or smoked bacon…it is then, when some wonderful memories of ’evenings at the pub’ back in London, arise.”

My Description: This is a interesting weizenbock because it is brewed to taste like a porter with wheat yeast notes. I think they nailed it right; the malt bill and the hop bitterness level makes for a delicious beer with a weizenbock body and deep porter notes. It begins with a very large, beige colored head with an excellent retention level and a dry finish. The aroma is complex and welcoming with sweet cherry notes and dark fruits dominating. There are also notes of chocolate and roasted notes. Tap X is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This is a great combination of styles with weizen flavor notes on top with deep layers of the porter style beneath. Roasted nutty malts and raisins are accompanied by notes of berries and banana bread. This beer tastes great upfront and smoothly transitions into the aftertaste that is slightly bitter with lingering dark chocolate notes. Espresso and yeast notes of cloves can also be detected and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. This beer only gets more complex and enjoyable as it warms up with more red berry notes developing. I would serve this beer at around 55° and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, baked ham, or dark chocolate.

ABV: 7%  Color: Deep Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10