What follows is the September 11th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
As Germany’s oldest Weizenbock, Schneider Weisse’s Unser Aventinus is also one of the most highly rated in the world. Aventinus is a strong version of an unfiltered weissbier or hefeweizen, and is made primarily with wheat malt. This bold and complex beer has been brewed in Bavaria since 1907, and is named after Johannes Aventinus, a famous Bavarian historian.
Aventinus pours a deep ruby brown color with a creamy head that sticks around for quite a while. One first notices an aroma of ripened bananas and dark fruit with some roastiness. The taste is bold, with clove, banana, and raisins in the forefront and a touch of spice on the finish. Incredibly balanced, and with no hop bitterness, this is a full bodied beer that warms you as you drink it. The smooth finish leaves you wanting more of this virtual meal-in-a-glass.
At 8.2-percent ABV, this is a big and bold ale, however the alcohol is well hidden. Enjoy a pint of Aventinus with roasted meats, bleu cheese, and fruity or chocolaty desserts. Aventinus is best enjoyed from a mug, stein or wheat beer glass. Find 16.9 ounce bottles of Aventinus at Calandro’s, Whole Foods, Cuban Liquor, The Beverage Store and similar specialty grocers and bottle shops.
Cost: $4 per 16.9 ounce bottle