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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 643
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

Ebel's Weiss beer is a very traditional German Hefeweizen that is naturally unfiltered. It has wonderful malt sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana. This deep golden colored weiss will make you think you are in Bavaria.
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Photo of AudioGilz
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear yellow with a lot of bubbling, but not much of a head.

Smell is mainly banana, clove, and malt. Pretty much what I expected from the style.

Tastes similar to the smell. Banana is noticeable, with a hint of clove. Finishes with a bit of spice, mainly from the clove flavor.

Feel is about standard for the style.

An easy drinking, nice hot weather beer. Not quite up to the best of the German wheat beers, but would be a nice beer to have on a hot day or after working up a sweat outside. Goes down very easy, could easily drink two or three of these at one sitting.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Banana. Banana from top to bottom. In the nose, in the mouth. There's a little bit of clove-spiciness in the mouth, but not enough to offset the strong banana.

While the beer is in the spirit of a German hefe, I really wish it could be better balanced.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best craft Hefeweizen I have had!!

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger head, cloudy, straw golden body with perfect carbonation

Smells: Cloves, wheat, herbal, hefe yeast!

Taste: Wheat, bubblegum, cloves, banana,

Mouthfeel: Perfection for the style: fluffy

Overall, I'd have this again. This is an excellent beer! Worth your time.

I will get a six pack sometime.

Keep those Two Brothers Beers coming!!

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

Straw yellow color with slight haze and a bit of active carbonation. Head is decidedly slight and disappears quickly into nothingness. Nose characterized by banana, clove, and other vague spiciness laid over top a smooth grain base. Though the expected banana and bread flavors are present, the taste is surprisingly sweet. Sweetness lingers well into the afternotes. Mouthfeel lacks crispness but isn't particularly creamy either. This one is quite drinkable but falls short of my expectations for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow color, straw yellow, with alright clarity, but it's all head, like a full glass on the first pour, so with subseuent pours it gets increasingly more hazy. It's big and dense and sticky as well, probably meaning that it will have a bit of lacing, but you can't really get into it with the size of the head. Which is a bit of a turn off. The smell is a bit sweet, pale grainy maltiness, just a tiny bit of tartness, which I think is a bit surprising. It doesn't smell quite right, only a tiny bit of banana/clove, but the out of the ordinary yeasty tartness, smells a tiny bit infected. The taste comes on with the tartness, and it actually tastes like a homebrew I made that got infected, but the infection still tastes in the young stage. It does say hefeweizen on the bottle, so this is definitely not right. I would never think this was a hefeweizen, maybe like a blend of a witbier and a saison. You can sense the wheat, but the other tastes are just quite a bit off. I do like the sweetness a bit, but it gets hard to find nice things to say when the style is just not right. I doubt if this was intentional, but I hope that they didn't want it to taste like this. Otherwise, I would imagine that this also was a bit unlike a hefeweizen without the off flavors. Not good. The body is nice and right, I mean a good body, with a nice rush of carbonation, the sweetness keeps the body at the right place. But I mean, I still feel the yeasty flavor here which isn't quite right. Something reminds me of liquid putty. The ABV isn't too high, of course any other Hefe isn't much higher. I'd call this drinkable, but no more so than any other. And the flavor isn't as enjoyable as I'd like it to be of course. I kind of found myself enjoying it for what it is (not what it's labelled), but I can't look past some of the failures.

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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 beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/yellow color with a 1 finger head. Has a tart citrusy wheat malt smell. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Has a tart, citrusy taste with a fresh cooked grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean. A pretty good weiss here.

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Photo of mjc3151
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear, not cloudy at all

S - very fruity, bananas

T - very fruity. banana taste? It comes from the yeast they use. This is much more fruity than other beers of this style.

M - slight carbonation, not too much

O - pretty solid if you enjoy this style. if you don't care for fruity flavor then stay away

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Photo of silenius
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for the bottle

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 9/04/10

A - Pour is reminiscent of a dull, cloudy orange juice, with very little head and minimal retention; no lacing to speak of.

S - Nose is on the lighter side with clove predominantly, with some hints of banana and bubble gum.

T&M - What stands out the most to be is a lack of carbonation. This beer is lacking the "crispness" that I was looking for for the style, I was hoping that it would be made up with a bit of a tart edge in the flavor, but it wasn't.

Clove notes are dominant, with the banana and bubble gum taking a bit of a back seat. I was looking for more phenolic flavors. The yeast is certainly present, along with a bit of softness, presumably from wheat.

D - All around decent, but lacking in several areas very important to a hefeweizen. On the brighter sides, lower ABV and rather easy to imbibe.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It has a little bit of a citrus kick to it, and there's some maltiness hanging out in the aftertaste. It's not great, but it's not terrible by any means.

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

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Hazy straw-colored body with only a finger of white head with a pretty aggressive pour that recedes to a thin, lumpy layer quickly.
S: Clove, vanilla, yeast, maybe some banana.
T: Banana is the most prevalent flavor, clove and a little lemony citrus in the finish. It's very sweet.
M: Lighter bodied, not much carbonation, slick feeling. Finishes crisp, dry.
D: It goes down easily, and would make an ok session beer because of the low ABV, but it's too sweet for my taste. It's a good take on the style but I've had others that I enjoy a lot more.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy, light-amber, with a golden yellow hue. Looks like foggy urine. Not the most appetizing color for a beer, but I'll take it. Looks heavily carbonated too.

Smell - Smells like beer - the stereotypical smell one would equate to beer. Grainy, subtle hints of aromatic hops, but not a lot to say.

Taste - Tastes heavily grainy, not as bitter as evident from the carbonation, but has a strange, smoky aftertaste to it. Not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - The heavy carbonation stings a bit, and that's probably the beer's only glaring issue.

Ebel's Weiss is nowhere near the aesthetically sublime and delectable qualities set forth by Two Brothers' Domaine DuPage. It's my first Hefeweizen beer, but if this sets the course for the style, I'm not sure how active I will be in exploring it.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a bright and sunny straw gold, mildly cloudy beneath a fluffy white head.

Smell: Fruit and spice drifting above a ripe wheat field, redolent with notes of banana and clove. This is one of the first US "hefeweizens" I've smelled that has given me hope that I'm actually about to taste a traditional hefe.

Taste: Tradition confirmed. This beer billows with banana and bubblegum esters, atop a tastefully understated mix of clove and coriander. While nothing particularly stands out, that's not exactly a bad thing - this actually drinks like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Light while bordering on creamy, this is a quaffable brew!

Overall: I am quite pleased to have found another US version of a hefeweizen that is not a pale wheat ale with a misleading title. Will definitely repeat.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift, looks promising. Served in a nonic.

A: Hazy, orange-gold color with a thing white line on the sides of the glass, that's about as far as it got for head and lacing.

S: Wheat, bit of citrus, but mostly grains

T: Fairly sweet, has floral and citrus qualities to it, tastes of yeast, wheat, malt sugars, and barley. Smooth and delicious flavor.

M: Medium amounts of carbonation, balanced fairly well with its sweet, floral flavors, has a fairly rich feel to it unusual for a light colored beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, good sweetness combined, fresh flavors, well worth a try

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Paulaner stemmed glass from a 12oz'er bottle. Pours a medium yellow with a slight haze. Very thin, white head and no discernable lacing. Nose is very spicy, with ripe banana and pear notes. Mellowed with a little bit of vanilla, perhaps? Smells great. Palate is dead on with good clove spiciness and fruitiness asserting itself ... bananas, pears and pineapple. Interesting characteristic - this one almost has a little bit of over-ripe, slightly fermented pineapple flavor going on. Not at all unpleasant, just unexpected. Adds some character to this otherwise typical hefe. Finishes clean and slightly tart. Thin mothfeel and pretty heavily carbonated. I like this one - again, it has a very unusual tart flavor I didn't anticipate. Maybe I need to check the age of this bottle, but it's not a bad thing. Good one from Two Brothers ... try it, I say.

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Photo of Erish
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been years since I first drank this beer, and at the time I thought this beer was disgusting. I have decided to give it another chance...

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a weizen glass.

A: misty pale golden color, the white head died down quickly but left a decent cap and lacing in place.

S: primarily clove, then bubble gum, and finally banana, also a healthy dose of Germanic yeast funk, underneath there is a wheat bread aroma and a pleasant minerality.

T: the sweet bread up front is very soft, along with the clove, in the middle the clove rises first, quickly greeted by a healthy dose of bubblegum and banana, the finish is bright, floral, and again features a mineral note. I can't believe my palate has changed so radically that a beer I once thought was disgusting I now find quite nice.

M: light to medium weight, creaminess, and healthy carbonation all contribute to a very nice mouthfeel.

D: I am so glad I decided to give this beer another chance. Does that mean I might also like Rolling Rock now, after all these years?...

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a thick, moussy white head that lasted for a while before eventually disappearing completely.

Smell: Moderate clove phenols. An almost overwhelming medicinal quality permeates the aroma. Barely picking up any of the banana fruity esters that usually define a Hef - the phenols and medicinal parts dominate.

Taste: Somewhat more balanced than the smell - the clove and banana are a little more in harmony here. Also picking up a light vanilla character that nicely accentuates the banana flavor.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light bodied and a little watery. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.

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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 SethB2
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A - Pours a bright yet cloudy orangish color with a snow white one finger head that last for a bit before settling into a nice ring around the glass.

S - Ah, a hefe. It's been awhile, old friend. Clove and bananas. Lots of that good yeasty spice. Not overbearing.

T - Much like the smell. Yeasty spices with emphasis on the cinimon, with the orange peel and banana taking it down. Not strong in flavor at all. If I could improve it, I would kick everything up a notch. Other than that, it's very good.

M - Nothing to write home about, but decent. It's a tad thin and could use a few more bubbles.

D - The best part of this beer. It doesn't have the "wow" factor of a lot of beers, but it is certainly good and doesn't offend. Would be easy to drink a dozen of these things.

Thanks to nucular george for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of semihobo
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from sixer, picked up at Trader Joe's, with best-by date of 12/09/08.

Pours with a small, lousy white head. It had big bubbles while it lasted, fades to pretty much nothing fast. Gold with medium darkness, not very hazy and I had most of the yeast compact to the bottom of the bottle and not come out. Give the last ounce a swish for sure.

Raisins, bananas, and cloves on the nose, as well as some tart malt.

Taste is definitely tart, the yeast has a musty flavor I've observed in some homebrew, not sure to what it should be attributed. Some clove still evident in the background but mostly must and tartness, like soured dark fruit. The sourness is not very lemony, which is what I would have expected. Minimal wheat lurking beneath.

Medium bodied, sour and slightly sticky finish. Moderate carbonation.

There are lots of good hefeweizens out there, this isn't the greatest. Overly tart with little subtlety.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I generally love Two Brother's beers but this one just wasn't that amazing. I would drink it again but I would not seek it out. I would call this decent, but not memorable.

Poured into a wheat beer glass Ebel is quite flat looking. It's tough to conjure up some head and when I do it's over before you know it - I guess that's more accurate now that I write it down!

Aroma is decent with very soft smells of vanilla, clove, and allspice perhaps. Not bad overall.

The flavor is really lacking in this beer. Everything else can be off but flavor must be right on for me to like the beer. This beer has a watery flavor. There is no banana and no powerful clove. The only thing you really taste is any prominence is water.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick for the style. Yes, wheats should have some body and some viscosity due in part to the unfermentable sugars but this one is just WAY too thick. I think they ended up messing up the chilling process because it seems that the proteins came out of solution.

Drinkability is high because it's very watery. I have to put down 1/3 of the beer to taste it. I am quite dissappointed in this beer.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.