Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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83
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | 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 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.

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, wheat, and Munich malts. It has a wondeful yeast aroma that adds excellent banana/clove character. The taste is good also. It is maltier than most hefes, but I'm a big fan of maltier ones. The yeast provides the necessary esters and it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's not a refreshing brew, but it's much tastier and complex than most.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ppoitras
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  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.

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.