So, which was the best? It is a tough choice really. The Winter Welcome is a nice English ale, true to the traditional style. Since it is a seasonal special, each year I look forward to it. The Hellhound On My Ale was excellent too, almost like a plus sized 90 Minute IPA, with slightly more bite (perhaps the lemons).
Of all, the Aventinus on draft was the most excellent. A true German wheat doppelbock, full flavored with natural spicy tones. I'm getting thirsty just thinking about it. They only had a few kegs and we decided to go at the right time. The Schneider-Weisse website describes it as follows.
It won't be on tap very long or very often. It is a must, if you can find it.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. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts, “Kaiserschmarrn” (pancakes), “Elisenlebkuchen” (christmas cookies) or blue cheese.
Oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria. Since 1907.
Wheat doppelbock 8,2% vol. alc.,
original gravity: 18,5%