Total Score: 9.4/10
Time for some Tap 6, Schneider Weisse style! And this is the beer I promised to review over 4 years ago when I did my review of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, even though Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus is a Weizenbock, which would natürlich have to be compared to Weihenstephaner’s own Weizenbock: their Vitus. Anyway, let’s not dwell on how much of a beer-geek rookie I was back then, let us dwell on how beer-wise I have become. Oh, and let’s enjoy this tasty Weizenbock or “wheat billy goat” in the direct German translation [I kid you not. Ooo, that was an unexpected goat related pun right there!].
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.
A: A nice deep hazy Doppelbock caramel brown body with a khaki cappuccino froth 1 inch head that soon settles down to a centimetre. So far so great. 9/10.
S: Ironically the aroma for Tap 6 is more bananary than their Tap 7 (aka their Hefeweizen). Following the bold banana note are hints of caramel and dark fruits, but they’re really sitting back and letting the banana do its thing, and I applaud them for it, go banana go! 10/10.
T: DA-AMN! This is why I was comparing this brew to Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen – it’s all that I love about that brew and more, more everything! Bananas with caramel-sticky-date-molasses. It’s big, bold chewy and sugary with a dry finish that has a hint of cola – yes you heard me – cola as in the biggest ™ in the world. There is a minor distraction in a hint of metal lurking about in the aftertaste but otherwise this is Weizenbock that beats all other Weizenbocks. 9/10.
M: Mid to heavy body with some cloying from the sugar (to be expected with an 8.2% ABV heavyweight) and a soft but creamy carbonation. Suits this brew to a T. 9/10.
D: Oh how the mighty have risen with Schneider Weisse! After reviewing their Tap 7 and being a tad disappointed by my memory, which I believe had betrayed me, it turns out my memory of Tap 6 and subsequent now drinking has totally redeemed Schneider Weisse to me as the brutal heavy-hitting awesome Bavarian brewer they are, and a young impudent upstart against die älteste Brauerei der Welt, aka Weihenste… you-know-who-the-hell-I’m-talking-about! If you love puppies and don’t want them killed (by someone named ‘Cletus’ in my employ) drink this beer, YHBW. 10/10.
Food match: Knuspriger schweinebauch mit rotkraut, knödel und püriert apfel.