Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
It is another of the ongoing series of interminable snow days and as such, I am continuing to clear out my backlog of beer. The upside is that it includes a decent depth and breadth, allowing me to do horizontal tastings, among other things. Right now, it is Two Brothers' turn to be followed by collaboration beers.
From the bottle: "With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German-style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"
I had no compunction about stirring up any lees that nay have formed during this beer's storage. As such, I inverted and righted it several times, then placed it back in the reefer to allow the carbonation to settle back down. My heavy-handed pour created a finger of dense, off-white head with moderate retention. Color was, as advertised, a cloudy yellowish-orange (SRM = >9, < 13). Nose was more banana than clove and I could not discern vanilla. It is precisely the banana esters that I do not like which leaves me cold about this style. it is actually possible to bring out the clove esters by cold-lagering the beer, but most places do not have the tank space, inclination or time to do it this way. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was banana with vanilla. Hey, what happened to the cloves? Aha! They reappeared on the finish, giving it a crisp dryness. Not bad, but just not my cup of tea.
02-13-2014 21:22:31 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
04-03-2008 03:13:30 | More by Billolick
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
(Served in an American pint glass with no fruit)
A- This beer is a bright straw yellow with a hazy striations of yeast swirling around. The head is a good size off-white head that fades very quickly. The carbonation is only a few sluggish bubbles rising to the surface.
S- The notes of smooth soft wheat have hints of banana and faint cloves with some cooked corn aswell. There is a gentle hop spice at the finish. As it warms there is more of a grass note at the front end of the hops.
T- There is a soft wheat flavor with notes of lemon and faint banana. There is some hop bitterness in the finish. The finish has a slight sour note to it.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel but the texture is watery. No fizz or astringency in the mouthfeel.
D- This is a fair wheat beer but the flavors just don't seem to go together. It has some faint banana and clove notes but the cooked corn flavor and the slight sourness don't really make this beer enjoyable.
01-27-2006 23:59:28 | More by rhoadsrage
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes and leaves no lace. Pale, cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and light bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts with a sour lemon/yeast flavor, hops in the background, finish is clean. Not a December beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.
12-05-2005 23:27:36 | More by jdhilt
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" off-white head over the cludy burnished gold brew. Head fades gradually but still holds with plenty of froth, and lacing sporadic and delicate. Aroma is wheat clovey, with tart touches. Taste follows the nose, although not as intense with the clove, and nary any banana, but with some hops bitterness discernable. Mouthfeel is gassy and somewhat thin, and drinkability is okay. Didn't get much out of this one to make me go shopping for it again anytime soon.
05-12-2007 22:41:46 | More by ppoitras
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Ebel's Weiss Beer
Two Brothers Brewing Company
LooK: A cloudy very pale yellow color with golden hues. Small head forms and recedes to a small film.
Smell: Big time bubblegum and banana notes. Very much a wheat beer. Grainy, floral, some bubblegum with a sweetness.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Green banana flavors with a mild lemony aspect. Wheaty, and grainy, faint clove. There is a moderate bubblegum flavor, paired with an herbal and earthy bitterness. Clean and crisp, light to medium bodied brew. Highly carbonated, with a bite of carbonation.
Overall: A tasty, light wheat beer that would be a good choice in the warmer months. Its a decent hefe to say the least, quite standard.
01-30-2012 23:54:41 | More by Stinkypuss
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-10-2013 22:54:00 | More by smakawhat
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
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).
06-23-2002 20:52:36 | More by Bighuge
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-27-2011 04:34:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
11-03-2002 06:58:38 | More by Gusler
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
09-12-2011 13:42:18 | More by tobelerone
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
Appearance- Pours an awesome , brisk head with good retention and awesome bubbling and awesome brussels lace left after each sip. Color was a muted yellow with light amber notes.
Smell- Lots of wheat infused lemons with a sprig of sage and clove.
Taste- The tartest tasting weiss I've ever had. It was a not so great mix of typical weiss taste and lemons. Das war nicht so gut. Starts out wheat and good with some bubble gum and ginger.
Mouthfeel- Too dry and tart to be a repeatable weiss.
06-01-2006 04:00:42 | More by scruffwhor
4.43/5 rDev +21%
12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Besy By 4/29/12. 15 IBU, 4.9% ABV.
A - Ebel's Weiss pours an effervescent yellow-orange hue that's slightly cloudy from a bottle-swirl and topped by a dense, creamy head. The slow departure produces thickly-caked lace all over the glass.
S - Ebel's Weiss greets you with a pleasant banana ester and sweet malts along with a faint citrus hint alongside clove. Soft wheat backs it all up but there's a strange spice note I can't put my finger on.
T - The mix of clove and light vanilla ice cream topped with smooth banana is fantastic! Sweet malts and light, dry wheat provide the malts for this delicious beer.
M - Creamy and smooth despite it's effervescence, Ebel's Weiss goes down very well. Light to medium in body, the wheat really softens the beer on the tongue.
O - Both a fantastic depiction of the style and a wonderful summer beer I could drink all day long, Ebel's Weiss is a delicate treat with plenty of flavor and equally as much refreshment.
03-21-2012 23:47:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
I had this as part of a sampler at the brew pub...A light honey gold not much retention or lacing...The aroma is mostly clove with a hint of banana, the clove is really nice....The taste starts off as sweet banana but then you are attacked by a harsh wood taste. A hefe should stay away from beer. Its an interesting concept but either the reality of the taste or execution is not there. Not easy to drink.
Maybe and this is a lean maybe, its worth trying to have a woody hefe.
08-07-2010 21:12:43 | More by jrallen34
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-19-2011 12:53:04 | More by WoodBrew
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
A - Looks pretty nice with a 1/4 inch of slightly sticky head. Color is a hazy bright yellow.
S - Smells a bit spicier than typical offering so it might be more clove. A nice bit of banana, yeast, and wheat are easily detected.
T - I get a strong wheat taste and banana with just a slight touch of spicy clove. I really like the fruity yeast they used not as filling as some examples of the style. Sweet finish.
M - Light to medium as expected for the style.
Overall again it seems that availability makes this one suffer since I ordered it from new york (halftime beverages) but a very good offering if I ever see it come to PA I would pick up a six pack.
01-16-2012 01:06:28 | More by DrDemento456
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks, Corey! Into my weiss glass
A: Clear orange-yellow with a one finger thick white head. Tons of carbonation. Head retention is less than good for the style and it recedes to a disk fairly soon
S: On the nose, this is decent with some banana, clove and a hint of pepper. A little bready with wheat on the nose. Decent, maybe a little watery?
T/M: Pretty solid with banana and clove being the most prominent characteristics on the palate. Wheat comes through nicely. The finish is a little watery, though, and that's a tad disappointing as the dryness is great. Carbonation is solid too
D: This is fairly easy to drink and I'll have no problems polishing off a few if it was local to me
10-11-2008 18:38:30 | More by DefenCorps
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
A - bright, hazy golden straw. Nice froathy head with ok retention.
S - Banana, untoasted walnut, almond milk.
T - Soft and smooth with light banana, oat, and orange creamsicle. Light plant bitterness on the backed.
M - Very nice. Creamy and super smooth. Relatively low carb.
O - Refreshing and very nice to stlyle. A little more carbonation would really kick this up a notch.
07-01-2012 21:22:13 | More by vfgccp
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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