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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ebel's Weiss BeerEbel's Weiss Beer

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 629
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

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Reviews: 208 | Hads: 629
Photo of TTAmod
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour, has the average amount of haze to it, 1" head, but retention was subpar, lacing not impressive either. Aroma was heavy wheat bread, almost banana bread.

Taste, eh, just wasn't into it at any point, no particular bad flavor, but was just so pedestrian. Identifiable as a wheat beer. Nothing like the good tang of the better ones. More clove than I would care for, which is a very low bar to begin with for beerandraiderfan. Light body, even for a hefeweizen. Some kinda artificial lemon flavor seems to be there.

I dunno, just another beer to me. Indifferent.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with nice carbonation and retention (2-finger spoke-style).

Nose is crispy -- spice (clove) and banana. Nice.

Taste is clove up front, with a little of the banana coming in around the corner. Mostly spicy yeast goodness, though. Not bad at all, and with the light body, this one performs well as a sessionable ale. Still, I feel the flavor balance is off by a tad. Nonetheless, this one was enjoyable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin white head fades quickly to a mere wisp of a ring on top; thin but pretty lacing. Light gold color, nicely cloudy.

Aroma and taste are spot on for this style. Not THE juiciest or most tasty example but really very good. The banana and clove notes pop out; the slightest hint of malt sweetness. Very faint bitterness on the swallow. No hop character to speak of, as is appropriate for the style. Authentic.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are crisp and quenching. Short, dry finish sends you back for me. At less than 5% ABV very sessionable; could drink this all day on a hot afternoon. Great summer refresher. Good job, another impressive offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip (closest thing I have on hand to a weizen glass at the moment)

A: Pours out a honey tinted yellow and topped with a thick and cream two inch head that fades a bit as the beer goes along but retains some remnants of its former glory.

S: Less of that heavenly bubblegum and clove and more focused on a slightly floral, but generally "banana-bready" kind of aroma.

T/MF: If the aroma was lacking in bubblegum it certainly isn't in taste, that coupled with the above mentioned flavors of banana. No real traces of clove or other hefeweizen familiars but still pretty serviceable in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is quite solid, very robust and rather filing but not to the degree that it feels heavy or slick, an interesting feel indeed.

D: As far as the style goes I've had better, though it is not often I see six packs of hefeweizen available from many breweries so if you have a taste for this stuff in larger quantities and at a pretty affordable price it is hard to argue against this stuff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Northsider
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
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!

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from ChugginOil! Thanks man!

A – Cloudy orangish brown color. Fluffy one finger white head. Retention was not much.

S – Big clove smell. Almost a light sour smell to it. Vanilla.

T - Starts out with clove much like the smell and moves quickly to a sweet taste. I think it’s a bit of the vanilla flavor giving it the sweet. Moves right along in to a banana taste at the end. Finishes dry.

M – Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O – It’s a solid offering. It did not blow me away but it’s a good drinking brew. I wouldn’t hesitate to grab one on a warm day.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy tan body, trace head, absent lacing

S: big clove and hint of banana, wheat

T: big sweet wheat and lots of clove

M: light/med body, average carbonation, semi-dry finish

O: I'm usually a big fan of Hefeweizens, but this just doesn't do it for me. I love to support local breweries, but will pass on this again. The light body would make it good session/summer brew, but the taste on this one holds me at one.


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Photo of mocktm
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at Beverage Barn in Westhampton, NY. Bottle was then poured into traditional Hefe glassware.

A: Semi-aggressive pour produced a supremely disappointing little to no head with absolutely zero lace to speak of. Beer settled a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment.

S: Nose is mostly that of a typical German Hefe style. Lots of banana, clove and lemon citrus. What differentiates this beer from others is its inclusion of very detectable vanilla undertones, which add a nice aroma to the mix.

T: Bready to begin with and then a sudden burst of dominating lemon sourness mixed with vanilla, clove spice and banana. Not well balanced at all as the wheat finds itself completely overpowered.

M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation...Maybe I got a bad bottle?

O: While this beer isn't terrible, its not great either. With so many superior choices in this style, I won't be grabbing this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into tall Hefeweizen style glass

A - Beer poured with a golden cloudy colored body; visibly well carbonated; one finger white colored foam formed after pour with a moderate amount of lacing

S - Fruity; yeast like scents and aromas; slight hint of lemon sourness; wheat follows up with typical hefeweizen like tones

T - Slightly sour notes; fruity lemon zing; yeast; flavors wash out pretty quickly; tiny malt backbone rests behind the flavors

M - Effervescent; refreshing and crisp; smooth feeling on the tongue; quality balance of a wheat and yeast blend

D - Great drink; not a fan of Hefeweizen's usually but I can drink this one over and over again; I was really impressed; this comes highly recommended

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 060711

A-pours a cloudy apricot color with a 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh collar with some good lacing

S-bananas,clove,wheat ,a hint of bummblegum,some clove and vanilla

T-is a tasty hefe with a banana and fruit start..that is mixed with some wheats and oats a touch of clove a hint of pepper and coriander and some vanilla

M-medium carbonation,with a good hefe profile,sweet and creamy

O- a very good hefe,tasty and refreshingly good

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another light offering to try on a hot day. the pour was really nice with a rich and hazy and very light pale yellow color. A large, two inch high head of white came up over the top and settled down gently into a light and fluffy layer that all it took was a few seconds to wisp away. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. A light banana and clove like smell comes at me with the first whiff. Sweet, almost bubblegum like presence, and we all know that all too familiar strain of yeast that makes it just really stick out in a crown. Flavor came through right away, light and very bright with a light grain base that was quickly overshadowed by a light fruit like flavor that really just shined right through. Quick and clean with the lasting flavor of banana stuck on my tongue, this was simply done very well. Light body with a great amount of carbonation in it, I was shocked by how smooth and easy this one went down.

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Photo of plfahey
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden Orange in color with a moderate cast of haze. Billowy, creamy white head with pretty good retention rises above the surface and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, light bubblegum, and a hint of vanilla. Light bready wheat. Has an overall spiced banana bread sort of aroma. Very pleasant.

Flavor-Flavor is a bit of a let down after the great aroma. Bready wheat flavors take the forefront, with lighter banana and clove notes in the background. Finishes rather dry and crisp, with clove and bread notes lingering on into the finish. Certainly not bad, but not very impressive.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Body feel silky smooth and almost a little slick on the tongue.

It's good and definitely quite drinkable, but there are so many truly great hefeweizens out there that this one doesn't really stand out to me. I was impressed by the aroma but the flavor left me wanting for more.

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Photo of rrski198
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: average white head that disappears quickly. Very little lacing.Totally cloudy and looks like apple juice.

S: Cloves and bready malt. Minor fruity smell (banana). Smells of a traditional german hef, just more subdued.

T: Wow, i'm surprised, and not in a good way. Nothing but a mild malt characteristic follows the nose. I am getting a little yeasty funk but there isn't much else here.

M: Watered down, below average carbonation. Tastes like a funky bud light.

O: Dissapointed for sure. I popped this today, sunny and 70 degrees, sat out on the deck, and was looking forward to a nice cold beer. It's good enough to finish, but I'm glad I only bought one. I'll move onto something better next.

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Photo of grover37
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Milky burnt orange with a super fluffy finger-and-a-half head. Leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass as it's consumed.

S - Strong yeastiness dominates with pepper and banana on the edges. A splash of clove near the end. There's a lack of complexity in the smell, but what s there is nice.

T - All the components of the aroma come through, a bit more banana in the balance. The complexity I was looking for in the smell comes in here. Tasty pepper notes finish with the banana.

M - So creamy, with a refreshing finish that makes for a great Hefe. The clean finish makes me want another.

Not a bad Hefeweizen. I really like the color, and no lack of yeast in the haze. Wouldn't think twice taking a six pack of this to a gathering in the summer.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark for a hefe, right in the direct middle between yellow and amber, nice and cloudy with a big white head.

Smells strongly of clovey wheatmalt. Very, very spicy, which is nice, but it's not really complex.

Tastes much more complex. All the good stuff is there: bananas, white pepper, and cloves. No shitty fruit complexities to weigh things down. And, best of all, the body is so thick and creamy that after a few sips the beer begins to taste a little like flowery frosting. Trust me, that's a good thing.

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Photo of Star80
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a translucent pale yellow color, with LOTS of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Of course, I made sure I dredged up all of that yeasty goodness. Freshness on the bottle says best before 5/1/11, and it was part of a Two Brother's variety pack from the local warehouse club store. Anyway, beer smells wonderful with lots of estery banana, vanilla, and clove aromas. The taste is more up front clove and smooth banana-like finish, backed by some tartness, perhaps from the hops. To me this beer is about as good as any Hefeweizen I have ever tried from any country. I suppose one could travel to Bavaria and find something better but since freshness is everything I will stick to domestic varieties and in fact, this is the second local brewer I feel has nailed it, other one is Mickey Finn's in Libertyville, IL. The mouth feel is full and rich, slightly carbonated but that contributes to the drinkability, especially on a warm summer day I'm thinking...I have been sampling several Two Brother's Brews lately and overall I'm extremely pleased. I might just end up going on an outing one of these days to Warrenville....hmm.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure gold with delicate white foam head.

S: Rich clove and banana, and I mean this as top shelf...deep and complex. Lemon, spice, and maybe some vanilla.

T: Not too heavy, this style can easily be over-done. Medium sweetness, subtle spiciness, a very soft touch. Low medium carbonation.

D: A very drinkable hefe. The aroma is big and enhances the experience, but it seems to be one of the most well balanced hefe's that I've had.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.