Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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83
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
Best by 9/1/2011 (whoops).
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small, dirty white bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is dark golden away from light, and pale yellow when held up to a light source. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes (it always retains 0.5cm of foam) it leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken.

Aroma has the pleasant scent of yeast, ripe bananas, and applesauce. Vanilla ecomes more apparent with warmth. Both traditional-smelling and unique at the same time.

Taste opens with strong lemon and clove flavors. Banana is noticed on the middle of the tongue and remains for the rest of the tasting. After the mid-taste, there's a surprising bit of vanilla, then the flavor intensity drops off rather sharply. Aftertaste of bananas, malt sweetness, vanilla, and bubblegum.

Carbonation is a bit on the high side, so this beer is a bit prickly to drink initially. Medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish.

A good hefeweizen, different enough around the edges to be unique, and well-enough put together to be desirable multiple times.

Photo of Dogstickfetch
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead -- Scarlet>Fire -- 5/8/77

A: Thin head retention, white nose with a light golden body. Nice haze.

S: Subtle aroma of orange and slight pine. Not a strong aroma, much searching is needed.

T: Spice up front with a nice finish of banana. Good carbonation in this brew.

M: Clean and refreshing. Taste is short lived on the palate. Very nice and lighter ale for the style. Not overpowering.

D: Great drinkablity, not that of sour/bitter Hefes. Can't keep this one on the table, a nice and pleasing taste that can only be a hefeweizen.

Notes: Great brew, another nice one from Two Brothers. Good for a nice summer day, pairs well with yard work and lunch.

Photo of bgramer
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Sam's beer tasting and liked it so I bought a 6-pack to bring home.

Poured this into a mug. It's a cloudy yellow like a sunny yellow, not golden. There's quite a head that sticks around. The aroma is bready and citrusy and clove-like and I do detect bananas. There's a sweetness and thickness to this beer. It's good enough that you don't want a lemon slice to go with it. :-)

This is a good summer drinking beer.

Photo of Ratman197
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Half Time poured a cloudy gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, bubblegum, banana and clove. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, bubblegum, light banana and clove with a crisp lingering bubblegum finish.

Photo of silenius
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really not sure why everyone else is giving this such bad reviews. I find this weiss quite refreshing, smooth and creamy.

It pours a classic hazy golden weiss color with a quick head that probably disappears a bit more quickly than a real German Weiss.

Smell is strong banana and other phenols with a little clove and some barnyard mixed in. The barnyard turned me off a little.

The taste is not extreme. Some banana, touch of clove, and some lemon. I thought it was a nice refreshing lighter beer. I suppose I understand the "thin" comments this gets.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light and goes down well.

I think this would make a great lawnmower quaffer or for sitting out on a hot day.

Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebel's Weiss Beer is an orange colored brew, pretty cloudy, small white head which leaves a slight trail. The aroma is pretty standard for a hefe, with clove spice, soft grainy wheat, a touch of banana and maybe a bit of lemon zest in there as well. It's a nice tasting hefe, it seems they put together a pretty good beer here. Light wheat grains, mild on the banana, clove spice, bready, some vanilla, fairly hoppy, bubblegum. Pretty much all the classic hefe flavors are in there, and it does a pretty good job managing them all. Fairly full-bodied and somewhat sharp on the tongue, quite refreshing.

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with a nice head

S: like a wheat...with citrus tones, wheat after-tones

T: tasted like it smelled with wheat/lemon/citrus/hops…delicious

M: not as thin as other wheats I have had

D: Very easy to drink, could have a couple without a problem

Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow, nice little white head, even some traces of lace. Tons of yeasties on the bottom swirl murked it up at the end.

And I’m liking the Belgium yeast notes in the aroma – mixed with a wheaty citrus and lemon. Sharp and crisp finish, the lemon really presents itself then.

A fine Wit from the 2 bros, I’ll be looking for this one next year, as I got one of the last bottles from this years batch.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating on the rear label. A healthy load of yeast on the bottom of this one, I swirled the bottle and ended up with a very cloudy, dull apricot brew, plenty of clove in the nose. leases nice looking, light and well dispersed lacing. Notes of the expected yeast induced bananas, more clove and some sweet and smooth vanilla.Has that "creamsicle" ice cream pop, flavor, smell and feel to it. Nice, fruity, easy drinking American take on the classic German style. On the sweet side, refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big, bubbly head on a cloudy light orange body. Looked like an orange cream soda. Smells were fairly faint...clove, fruit, touch of vanilla, and a hint of "wheatiness". Taste was interesting. Initial hop, then a quick spike of vanilla, then orange, a twang, and then a vanilla aftertaste. Did that same pattern all the way through. Not nearly as thick as other hefe's, but it had a decent coat, and was fairly smooth. Its a pretty good beer. I'm not sure if I'd like it the same again, as that vanilla touch is something I may or may not like depending on the day. It just so happened that on the day I tried it, I liked it.

Photo of MayorAdamWest
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had this at Leona's about two months ago... I was impressed then and I'm impressed now. After doing a bit of looking I see that the brewer makes several others and I will definitely be looking for them.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a hint of sunshine. Pale head that surprisingly stays for some time.

Smell: The bread/yeast scent is over powering at first and has an almost woody characteristic. Banana, coriander, clove, citrus come through next and are trailed closely by cinnamon of all things. Interesting.

Taste: Please see smell... Couldn't describe taste any different.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation level, full bodied, all around good.

Drinkability: The fact that I sat around last night and drank nearly a six-pack of them says something. This makes a good session beer and paired with the right foods... It could be great.

Overall, I recommend this beer and I will be going back to it again. If you are ever in the Chicago area give this one a try.

Photo of Phigg1102
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thick creamy white foam head that dissipated slowly and left a cloudy white peak. Looks like good Hefeweizen should. Don't forget to swirl the yeast into the beer when pouring to get the most of the flavors.

Smell: That good Hefeweizen yeast profile of banana, clove and bubblegum with a sweet wheaty profile underneath.

Taste: A very good American interpretation of a German Hefe. Reminds of many of the Hefe's I had while traveling around Germany years ago...and that's quite a compliment. Sweet and wheaty with a good yeast that provides mild phenols and flavors of banana, bubblegum, lemons and clove.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and slippery on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another good one from Chicago's Two Brothers Brewing (I love their Cane & Ebel Rye beer). This is a very straight forward American interpretation of a good German Hefeweizen, and I appreciate that. I like Hefe's and I expect a simple deliciousness to them, and this one is a very good example of that. Will definitely buy more for the summer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ebel brothers' easy-drinking, light-styled weiss makes a perfect summer beer. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold body with an orangeish cast beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds fairly well, but leaves little, if any, lace about the glass. Clove greets you in the nose, followed by some lemon, flowers, vanilla, some plastic-like phenols, and just a hint of banana; although the aroma is really not that strong (except for the clove). In the mouth it's delicately zesty and smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation. The flavor is much as the nose indicates, with all of the appropriate flavors, but not that much of them. It's a little light in it's maltiness, but at the same time that lends it a bit of drinkability; and I've had German weissbiers that were even more subtle on the palate.

Photo of KevinMc79
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a A dark caramel color. Cloudy but with very little head. The color of the beer far outweighs the lack of head.

s: Coriander and orange peel.

t High orange peel flavor.

m nice bite of carbonation

d I really like this beer.

Poured into a Tulip glass. Very nice to get the aroma out.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A muted yellow and slight light brown edged body, opaque in appearance with a good amount of carbonation. Head is bleach white, and very creamy growing almost three fingers tall off the pour, and settling to a nice whipped up thin puck.

Classic Hefeweizen nose, with minor lemon but a very good bubblegum sweetness. Chewy and fruity with a very solid malt wheat backbone. Real nice inviting sweetness on this, very nice.

Palate has all the trademarks of a good hefe, but it's a bit watery and fleeting. Light chewy wheat density with good bubblegum like sweetness. Clove like finish with a good wheat like bread sense on it. Lemon notes hinted on the nose are quite muted, with a nice simple chew.

This is pretty solid, just missing some body that would give it some good depth, but it's a nice stateside produced hefe to know about.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light golden yellow color with nothing like the head I would expect fron a hefe. The nose is dominated by lemony citrus, with banana coming through secondarily. The flavor is lemony banana, with a nice creamy flavor from the yeast. The taste is not as strong as I wold like, but its not bad either. The beer is not as thick as I would want. Most hefes are thick, but this one seems too thin for the style. This is an easy drinking beer. If I could get it, it would be a staple in my fridge throughout the summer.

Photo of youknowmyname
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Odor: Very floral and wheat like, maybe a touch of vanilla

Pour: Golden blonde color Light Head, dissipates quickly, unfiltered or very lightly filtered. Faint lacing. Served in a Hefeweisen glass

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Rose or lily type taste. Not sweet flowery but floral. Secondary faint taste of vanilla with a mild wheat taste. Slight bitterness at the finish. Touch of light hops.

Opinion: Nice beer. Two Brothers is a great brewery that likes to experiment with various beer styles. This is definitely an American hefeweisen. I notice the difference between American and Belgian Hefeweisens is that the American style seems to imitate a general wheat beer where as the Belgian want to work at creaminess and banana overtones. I think this to be a characteristic of the wheat used but that's just my thought. Someone smarter than I am probably knows the real answer. Definitely an interesting beer though. I have had beers that smelled very floral, but this one actually tasted of actual flowers. Definitely a beer you could drink a few of.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at World if Beer in Tioga. Highly recommended by the waitress. Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head as expected for the style. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat malt, spicy and grassy hop presence. Flavor follows he aroma closely with big banana and clove notes on top of what is a slightly watered down wheat malt base. Could use a bit more flavor punch. Body is light with adequate plus carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel and finish. Overall all the hefe flavors are there but there's something missing from this that I can't put my finger on. Nonetheless a solid brew to have on a hot and humid Florida day out on the patio.

Photo of Severum27
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is definately a Hefeweizen, although not as flavorful as it's german brothers. The drinkability is definately better than your typical Hefe as it is much more smooth. I would call it a light Hefeweizen if there was such a thing.

The pour came with a nice golden color. It is citrus like with a hint of clove. The spicy finish is pleasant. The head was minimal with hardly any lacing.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orangish/straw color. The head quickly dissipates, and leaves no lacing. The aroma is strong of bananas, and clove, which also flows into the flavor. It is light in body, and has a bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue. Overall, a light, refreshing, easy drinking brew. Definitely a good summer beer.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Another big thanks to El Jefe (AleWatcher) for more midwestern goodness!

Pours cloudy dark(ish) straw, moving towards a bit of orange up top. Creamy white head up top, thinnish, that settles into a thin white cap.

Nose is packed with crisp wheat, banana, just a bit of clove, light vanilla. Maybe a bit sweet.

Taste falls apart a bit. Sugary graham crackers up front, vanilla. Twangy wheat and a lot of spicy esters follow. Finish is crazy clean and just falls right off, leaving just some tangy wheat behind.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, softly carbonated with a bit of a creamy feel. Spot on really.

Drinkability is pretty good, given how sweet it is initially. It's balanced a bit by the clean finish, and ends a fairly tasty hefe.

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 6/12/13

First had this many years ago, while on a long term hefe kick, since which i've moved on to many other styles. Ebel's was never a favorite, but 2 Bros wasn't freshness dated back then, and this is a fresher sample, still a couple months in code.

Murky golden orange with the yeast poured in, A finger or so of dense creamy white foam that leaves behind some lace and maintains a skim on the surface.

First whiffs of banana bread were pleasant, giving way to bubblegum and clove hints that aren't as pleasant to me personally, but it's true to style.

Flavors of wheat and clove, a slight sweetness, becoming astringent in the middle and dry in the finish. Astringency competes with the smoothness of the wheat, throwing things off a little. Slight banana aftertaste, but not really bursting with it. Still not my favorite hefe, not in the ballpark of Dancing Man or Weihenstephaner.

Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy darker yellow -- chill hazed in the glass...head is nice and pillowy and starts at 1/2 an inch and laces decently. Fruity aroma, a little astringency, with notes of spiced pear and cloves. A little too lemony for my tastes but theres also a lot of bready and yeasty qualities here with a spicy finish. Esters are not whopping banana. Pepper at the close. A pretty nice Wheat, with good mouthfeel, and even though Hefes will never be favorites of mine, this was a pretty good one in most aspects aside from slight sourness.

Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.