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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Ebel's Weiss BeerEbel's Weiss Beer

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BA SCORE
83
good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%


Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 3-year-old bottle from my stash, so this is a review of how well it ages, which a weiss is not meant to do...

A slight flowery nose when opened, then pours a dark weiss color, with a little less than standard haziness. The spicy flavor has subsided, leaving the malt to deepen to an almost syrupy richness. Hop flavor is subtle, more to make the alcohol feel a little warmer. Taste is well out of the style profile, but ages to a fine beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 19:48:10 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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ngandhi

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shocked and chagrined!

Two Brothers Brown Fox was one of the first beers I really fell in love with. And considering that I love hefe-weisse beer, I thought I had to give this a try. Don't make the same mistake.

It pours like day old champagne. The tiny lace dissipates quickly. Reminds me of stuff I used to play drinking games with. The "suspension" of yeast is disgusting; the beer's not uniformly cloudly, just filled with specks of crap. It smells good, but looks skunky.

Speaking of the smell, it's not bad -- somewhat estery with nice spices, a little sweet.

The primary taste is gumballs followed maybe by vanilla and clove. A lot of esters. No real balance or distinction to any of the flavors. Completely artificial.

This is the harshest microbrew I've had in my mouth to date. It feels a little like Miller Genuine Draft, not as bad as Icehouse. Very sharp and piercing, over carbonated . . . what the hell is going on here?

I'm going to finish my six pack, keep buying Brown Fox Ale for sessions, and never think about this beer again. It's drinkable, but not really a hefe at all. It has no body, no character, no sophisitication. As a hefe-head, I was insulted.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 23:12:00 | More by ngandhi
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly lackluster attempt at the style. The beer pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden with minimal fluff to the head. Aromas, and flavors of clove are present but muted at best. An annoying sour-ball lemon flavor lingers on the finish and kills off the clove and banana notes trying to come forward. A drinkable yet rather boring offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 00:44:31 | More by moulefrite
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jcalabre

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 12 April 2003. Hazy golden, w/ lots of carbonation, Ebelweiss has lots of banana & clove on the nose & palate. It has the crispness of a good wheat beer but does finish w/ a bit of sourness on the tongue. This is a real thirst-quencher

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 17:37:55 | More by jcalabre
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's burnt orange and yellow mixed, with a hazy middle. A very large and well retaining head is fluffy and beautiful. Zingy aroma, typical solid weiss aroma, althought a bit reserved. Flavor is a refreshing concoction of vanilla, clove, pepper, banana, and yeast. It's creamy at first and zingy through the finish.....a refreshing treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 19:10:29 | More by AudioGilz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright, golden hue, cloudy at the top, clear at the foot. I've poured the contents of this bottle into a fantastic weizen glass, Aventinus, to insure optimum conditions, and produced a large, fluffy, proud, white head. Aroma is all the usual earmarks for style: fresh, a touch floral, but large with lemon, some spiciness, yes, vanilla, yes, I can imagine cloviness, and there's a whiff of bananas. Quite enticing and appetizing, but not as large as other weizens I've enjoyed.
The palate feels great graininess, followed by a phalanx of hops that continues it's advance throughout the finish. Light body, low malt, but the flavor continues sip after sip. An excellent summery brew that leaves me yearning for more, and anticipating more, perhaps bolder weizens when spring really starts to show itself. Very, very drinkable, but the flavor and aroma is a bid mild for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 16:17:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a yellow, straw color with a small, faint head. Initial smell is of strong floral, I could not pick up any fruity/banana smell. Initial taste is of light honey with a strong corn flavor that sticks. The mouthfeel is much of the honey/corn feel, but it is very drinkable. Finishes very smooth.

Notes. Probably a good summer beer, picked up a single at Blue Max just to try a Two Bros. A lemon, 90 degrees and a deck, this would rate better.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 20:00:51 | More by GeoffRizzo
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 07:10:24 | More by BeerBuilder
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jackndan

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ebelweiss: very cloudy, with an orange haze. The aroma is very strong coming out of the bottle, with a very strong aroma of bananas. Very little head. Very unusual taste, starts out very strong with bready malts that gives way to a strong taste of yeast/bananas. Quite odd.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 11:52:35 | More by jackndan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 12:13:16 | More by ADR
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maxpower

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow color, nice light fluffy foamy head, leaves I nice lace in my glass, aroma of banannas, bubblegum-banana flavor, light body and very drinkable not bad for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 05:50:38 | More by maxpower
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful "Chill Hazed" yellow-orange color, the off white head is prodigious, the lace lies in bulky sheets upon the glass. Nose is fruit sweet as in a ripe pineapple, maybe even over ripe peach? Begins malt sweet, the top thickset, the finish has a nice understated hop presence, pleasantly carbonated, droughty aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 06:58:38 | More by Gusler
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky pale orange with a smallish white head. Fades to an edging but leaves inticate lacing.
Beautiful nose full of clove and vanilla. Banana is pushed to the background. Peppery and wonderful.
The same can be said of the taste. Heavy on the clove/vanilla/pepper spices. Lighter on the banana tones. Yeasty dough flavors are present and welcome as they provide support. Lingering herbals towards the finish, with more delectable vanilla.
A soild medium bodied brew. Carbonation is on the low end, but somewhat prickly. Fairly creamy. Delighful.
Right near the top of my favorite hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 23:51:31 | More by cokes
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great nose on this one....heavy cloves but also some faint vanilla...not catching much bannana...the taste is not as good as the smell in my opinion as the cloves dominate and imbed a spicy moutfeel....not as sweet as I expected...a tinge of sourness on the taste as well....not a bad Hefe but not as good as a couple others I have tasted recently...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 17:14:19 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer puors a hazy golden with great orange tinting apparant. The head is not very big and gone quickly. The lacing qualitly is still pretty good though. Great smell of vanilla, banana and slight clove/nutmeg. (The vanilla is the dominant aroma.) Really nice tasting weizen. The vanilla is a little more subdued on the tongue, as opposed to the nose. What I like the most are the spicy pepper accents and the sweet quality, which borders almost on being cloying, but is not. Mouthfeel is about medium maybe "medium-full." Just a tad syrupy. Easy drinking however. Nicely done Weizen.

I'm starting to take note of what these two brothers are doing down there in IL. Pretty good stuff (except for the Iditorod Imperial Stout).

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 20:52:36 | More by Bighuge
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youknowmyname

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 03:33:20 | More by youknowmyname
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the best domestic (American) attempts at a straight-up Bavarian-style hefeweizen. What I focus on the most with it is its wonderful, dynamic, relatively complex aroma - banana bread dough, curiously extra-toasty/nutty granola-like malt, and light-moderate, yet vibrant, softly-spicy floral notes - just wonderful!

The taste mirrors the aromas well, with that malt character really giving the beer some depth (so it's not just fruity banana and clove esters) in flavor, but not quite as much in body as it needs - not that it's thin or too dry - it could just soar if it had a little more roundness and maybe a touch of honey (malt) flavor (could be due to the malt they use? is it domestic?)....

Pleasantly surprised at how drinkable and enjoyable and true to style it is. Maybe it just needs additional head-retention and body-enhancing proteins (flaked wheat?)...Either way, well done, sirs!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 06:19:07 | More by Bouleboubier
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bulldog91

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Just outstanding.
Pours a dark yellow, almost gold and the clove-wheat smell is immediate. The taste is perfect hefe. Two Brothers is doing good things in the area and this one tops them all. Had it in bottles previously, but on tap it becomes something much, much better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 15:22:46 | More by bulldog91
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deebo

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been really digging hefes lately. Here's a review of my 1st taste of two brothers version
A-fairly hazy with a finger of white head that quickly subsides into a ring on the pint glass. Color is golden with orange tint.
S-typical-cloves and banana, plenty of wheat
T-a lot like the aroma. Finish is a bit long with just a hint of bitterness
M-nice body with moderate levels of carboation
O- a solid hefe. Nice taste with an above average body. Biggest complaint is little longer finish than I would like

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 01:00:44 | More by deebo
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in pint glass (no lemon!!)

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow. Two finger fizzy white head dissipates to a thin white head, leaving pretty good lacing. Not a great head for a Hefe.

S: Strong banana and spices.

T: Follows the nose a little bit. Starts off with a strong banana flavor, then moves to a more bubblegum-type flavor. There's a bit of yeast and wheat twang after that and finishes nice and spicy. This brew is really packed full of the good Hefe-flavors!

M: Bit on the lighter side, but still creamy. I prefer my Hefes more frothing and creamy, but this one ain't too bad.

O: Solid offering. The flavor and nose are excellent. The head and the mouth are lacking a tad, though. It's not as good as some its German brethren, but definitely well above average thanks to the great taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 02:34:29 | More by TTAmod
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Phelps

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

Pale, cloudy sunflower yellow, topped with one finger of creamy off-white foam that quickly becomes a silky yet fairly thick cap. Some smooth mountains of lace.

Yowza. Tons of banana and clove in the nose, backed by a sourish tang. Almost salty, like soy. Coriander as well.

The flavor begins with bananas, pears and apples with caramel. Upon the swallow, a smooth flavor of creamy French vanilla ice cream waltzes in. It's weird, but not bad.

Soft yet thin light body. Carbonation is light yet pokey, and the fizz is moderate. Sparkly, clean finish.

Strange. I like the vanilla ice cream flavors that roll in, but wish this hef had more traditional flavors too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 05:13:47 | More by Phelps
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer while attending the Hop Juice Fest yesterday was the Ebel Weiss beer from the host brewery. The appearance was yellow in color and cloudy. There was a nice thin white head after the pour. The smell was real nice with banana and spice (sorry for the rhyme)!!! The taste was also very good....well balanced between banana and clove/spice. This beer was certainly easier on teh pallete then some of the other beers tried at the fest....certainly because the abv on this was less than 8%. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 12:53:04 | More by WoodBrew
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Northsider

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead

Poured cloudy orange/yellow, small head. Smelled of typical hefe: banana, yeast, fruity.

Taste was excellent. Banana and fruity going in with wheaty/yeasty aftertaste. No bitterness whatsoever. Creamy mouthfeel with slight carbonation.

Overall great great hefe, one of my favorites. I grab this whenever I can. This has a permanent place in my fridge.

EDIT: I bumped the taste points up to 5 after several re-drinks. This is the beer I compare all wheat/whit styles to. I just love this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:55:08 | More by Northsider
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap in Chicago at the Bad Apple as well as one or two out of the bottle at a friend's place. The tap pour was $5 for about 16oz into a weizen glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance (3.5): Hazy dark gold (that seems too dark for the style but is what I have written down...). A fluffy finger of head reduced to a thin film.

Aroma (4.5): Sweet clove, slight banana, and some cereal from the grains.

Taste (4.5): Orange and banana with a clove finish. The classic hefeweizen profile of fruity phenols.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Slick, medium-high carbonation and medium-low body. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.5): I liked this one a lot. One of my favorite new weizens in fact. It's too bad I have only seen this in Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 14:43:25 | More by grover37
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head and a bit of lacing down the glass. The nose brings some banana and bubblegum along with a bit of clove. The taste is more of the common German weizen yeast characteristics as well as some light grain and bread. Light body with good carbonation and somewhat creamy. This is a pretty good American take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 01:22:27 | More by Thorpe429
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.