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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy golden, with lace. Yeast and bannana nose. Light, easy drink. Suitably carbonated with lemony finish. Where was the wheat? Banana and cloves, sour and lots of sweetness, lemons and cloves too herbally for me. all-in-all average beer. Thanks Viggo.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is straw yellow in color and has just a few bubbles floating on the surface. It's rather clear and only a light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a little bit of sweetness along with flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with very little carbonation.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching and easy to drink. This would be rather sessionable on a hot summer day.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust Hefeweizen who's yeast pushes the phenolic character from spice into something much more.

A deep and rusty copper color carries a glowing haze with firm and froathy head formation, great retention, and equal lacing. The beer has a quentessential Hefeweizen appearance... maybe a bit dark.

Spicy, malty, and lightly smoky, the yeast contribute much more of a phenolic character than does its estery counterparts. Fruity, yes but with a backup note of apples, appricots and banana and with lagging support of lemons or citrus fruits.

The savory malt components come to life in flavor with a bread crust, doughy, caramelly taste that is testament to both barley and wheat. The tricky Hefe yeast offset the balance with a heavy emphasis on the meaty, smokey flavors far above the banana, clove, lemon character that is signature for the style. Though all of these flavors are fare game, the balance is off. Low on hops, the beer allows sweetness of the malt to dominate. Otherwise, the beer is sound.

Bready, moderate, and creamy throughout, this Hefe continues these textures from initial sips to an extended finish. Though consistent, it doesn't allow for much of a transition to crispness, drying, or any other finess parting characteristics.

I feel like I nit-picked this beer a bit too much in description. The beer likely fares better than my critiques. It's a solid beer and a pleasure to drink but it is no Sneider Weisse.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with a huge swirl of yeast and a generous number of uprushing bubbles. In spite of a vigorous pour and a great deal of carbonation, the putty colored head has maxed out at two fingers. Thick ribbons of lace are beginning to decorate the glass and don't look as if they'll melt any time soon. A good look.

Classic nose with every one of the usual style attributes. Clove spice is probably the most prominent, but doesn't dominate. Banana is easy to pick out, although vanilla, which the label claims is a part of the aroma, isn't. While it doesn't put a scare into the best German hefes, the nose is commendable.

Ebel's Weisse is a wonderful domestic hefe weizen. There's plenty of malted wheat that provides a great deal of tanginess... that some would call sourness. Yet there's enough sweetness and bitterness onboard, especially the latter, to keep things under control. Plenty of flavors keeps things interesting.

As in the nose, there's quite a bit of clove. That spiciness manages to overshadow sweet banana to some extent, although the banan-o-meter score is still an acceptable 2.5/5.0. After much reflection, I think I'd like fewer hops. I much prefer beer of this style to favor sweet over bitter.

The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium. It's a little slick and microcoating on the finish, which causes it to feel a tad more full... and it's as spunkily carbonated as it looks, which causes it to feel a tad more light. Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel is a study in contrasts and is more interesting for it.

I've enjoyed most of the Two Brothers beers that I've had, but very few have been memorable. Ebel's Weisse is one of the stronger members of their lineup and is an easy recommendation if one is feeling especially patriotic. Germany still rules this style though.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, cloudy yellow body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of dried wheat, cracked cloves, bananas, and a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Starts with sweet-tasting wheat and lemony citrus flavors. Mild notes of banana and cloves follow and last into the flowery, lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Seem like a hefe-lite to me. Still, though, it was fairly refreshing and easy-drinking.

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 TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

So what does Cain drink? No matter, this brew pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, wheat, coriander, orange peel, and fragrant flowers. The taste runs down the same road, but the wheat and (now slightly weaker) coriander seem to mute everything else to a fair degree. A hint of either cardamom or black pepper (I honestly can't tell this time) sneaks in the back door and linger in the rear foyer for a bit. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall a nice bit o' hefe, nothing too special, but good enough as is and more than drinkable.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 2/7/08 - Consumed on 2/14/08

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and clove. There were underlying notes of citrus and wheat.

T - Clove was the dominant flavor. It was complimented by a sweet wheat flavor and some yeast.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer. Despite being a week past the best by date it was still quite good.

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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow like color to it with a fluffy thick all day lasting white head. Aroma has soft clove mild lemon and banana tones as well, not in your face pretty subdued. Flavor has some chalky yeast notes, with a bit of fruit mild banana, citrus tone with a clove finish. Acidity presence brings a tart quality about it, dry powdered yeast slap pack notes. Mouthfeel is light airy not to effervescent with carbonation, decent mix nothing offensive on my palate. Drinkability is solid a nice summer beer not super German hefe, but more so than the average American wheat.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from rpezl, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with wheat, yeast and bananas with light malts, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of yeast, wheat, bananas and spices. The malt character is decent enough to provide some substance and there’s a mild hops presence to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could certainly knock back a few of these even if this wouldn’t exactly be my first choice if I’m looking to pound down a Hefeweizen.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Two Brothers Tap House on 8/9/09. Served in a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy tangerine, with a thin 1/4 finger of frothy brite-white head. Retains around the edges, leaving a smattering of foamy lace back. The aroma is orange citrus and lighter banana. Sweet wheat, with some pleasant floral tones, and some light spicy clove as well. This is nice in the nose.

The taste is similar, with some lesser orange and lemon, and a bit more subtle banana. Some smooth wheat sweetness backs up the fruit, mixing with some gentle hops and spice, which adds a gentle punch to this. Finishes very dry. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that jumps around in the mouth, giving this a fairly crips and easy feel, and keeping the drinkibility nice.

Decent little Hefe here, with pleasant flavors and an all around enjoyable quaffability to it. Quality summer offering from Two Brothers.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with basically no head. Nose is funky bananas with a spicy and very, very doughy edge. Flavor is tangy citrus. A bit too bright IMO. But still in the grand scheme of things, fairly complex. Feel has a decent carbonation and the liquid is alright. Overall this is a fairly decent hefeweizen. Won't go down as the most interesting, but it's certainly a noble try from an American producer.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 01/22/15

Pours an effervescent amber & pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit & cloves , white pepper

T: Follows the nose, a little white grape & a little Band-Aid up front. More juicy fruit & a little bit of cloves as this warms, faint hints of persimmons. Finishes fruity & with juicy fruit & cloves

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation

A nice take on the style, not top shelf, but not too far off...

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with a two finger fluffy white head. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving a layer that covers the whole top of the beer. As I drink the beer the head disappears completely.

Smell: Strong smell of bananas and cloves right off the top. The spice from the yeast dominates.

Taste: Initially I pick up sweetness that is accompanied by a mild lemon flavor as well as banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Spice profile from the yeast is apparent throughout. Very slight bitterness at the very end. Taste is light and crisp, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I think this one is a very good Hefe. Something I would definitely come back to once the weather warms up.

Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this came as an extra in a trade, intentionally served with the sediment. Beer is yellow and completely cloudy with an aggressive head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is strong banana and minimal cloves. Very nice.

Beer is light in body and wheat and quite carbonated on the palate. There is a small sweetness and big banana flavors in the midpalate, nice finish, mildly grainy. A very nice beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.