by Nathan Hak Beer journalist at Beerwulf.com
Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock (Ice Bock)And make your own Ice Bock
If it rains outside and the leaves fall from the trees, you know that it's bock beer time. A doppelbock is delicious when it gets colder. When it's really time to stay indoors and quietly enjoy a tasteful, warming beer, it's time for the heaviest bock beer: Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock.
At 12% this is a heavy beer, ideal for sharing. Go easy on this one and enjoy with a piece of mature cheese or as an accompaniment to a chocolate dessert. But what is ice bock, exactly? Discover it here, and how to make your own ice bock as well!
Ice bock: the legend
Ice bock was created by chance in Belgium around 1890, when a brewery worker forgot to put a few crates of bock beer inside during the winter. The next morning the crates had burst and the beer had partially frozen. As ‘punishment’, the culprit was forced to drink the liquid left over. It was delicious: the remaining brown liquid was concentrated bock beer, which is exactly what ice bock is. That’s why it’s heavier in alcohol and more intense in flavour.
The legend of Schneider
Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock has been brewed since 1907. In that time, temperatures weren’t stabilised during transportation, which meant that a part of the Aventinus would frequently freeze over. People soon discovered just how delicious the remaining liquid tasted!
Years later, when the brewmaster from Schneider copied this process in controlled conditions, the Schneider Aventinus Eisbock was born.
Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock
The basis of the eisbock is the "ordinary" Aventinus. However, this beer is by no means ordinary. It is a weizen doppelbock: a double bock brewed with wheat. It is said that it is the oldest weizenbock in the world, brewed since 1907. With 8.2% alcohol, this is rightfully a doppelbock. The wheat makes it a full-bodied beer, with aromas of banana and clove, which is typical of weizen. This is complemented by aromas of almond, plum, toffee and caramel. The aftertaste is long with a mild bitter. In short: a beautiful combination of a weizen and a doppelbock.
The Ice Bock legend of Schneider
The Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock has been brewed since 1907. At that time the temperature was not regulated during transport. As a result, a part of the Aventinus froze regularly during transport during the winter. It was discovered that the remaining liquid part tasted delicious.
Almost 100 years later, Schneider's brewmaster decided to copy this process in a controlled environment, creating Schneider Aventinus Eisbock.
Make an Ice Bock yourself
Both eisbock legends have in common that it came about by accident from an already existing beer. This implies that you can do it yourself!