Schneider Weisse Cuvée Barrique
Reviewed by Brady White on June 1, 2017 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
- Origin: Kelheim, Germany
- Rated On: June 1, 2017
- Best Before: January 20, 2021
- ABV: 9.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Weizendoppelbock
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 750ml bottle (2016 edition) pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one skinny finger of mostly just bubbly and fizzy tan head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of tart red fruit (maybe some cherries, maybe some tannic dried grapes), a bit of musty woodiness, grainy and doughy caramel malt, further mixed orchard notes, some plain black pepper spice, bruised bananas, and a sense of floral alcohol heat nicely tethered. The taste is more sour dark fruit (plums, cherries, and red grapes), tannins that oscillate between tea and fruit skins, for some reason, vanilla extract, gritty and grainy caramel malt, more bitter than sweet cocoa powder, a touch of earthy funk, wet oak, and a now ill-restrained big boozy sword of Damocles.
The carbonation is quite understated in its neutered-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, once one’s palate becomes adjusted to the various astringencies kicking about. It finishes trending dry, and very much like a crisp white (or even red, given the complexity) wine.
Overall – wow, I usually feel like I’ve captured the majority of a brew’s attributes by this point, but not here. Lots and lots and lots of stuff going in this beast of a brew, so perhaps the only helpful thing that I can add is: don’t go in expecting Aventinus or the Eisbock – this is much more of a Flanders Red Ale sort of thing.