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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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bristol2120

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy, pale golden, with a bit less of a head than I would have expected from the style. Head quickly dissipates, leaving only moderate lacing. Nice, classic hefeweiss aroma, featuring bubblegum, bananas, and cloves. Taste features classic aspects of the style, but maybe just a shade more restrained than I would prefer. Mouthfeel is very good, featuring a very smooth roundness, and a nice level of carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable take on one of my favorite styles, and it might in fact be one of the premiere examples of the style done by an American brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:22:43 | More by bristol2120
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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

Appearance: Orange, red, pink hues all mixed together. Decent foam and good lacing. Cloudy as hefeweizens should be.

Smell: Cloves, pepper, and some banana. Nothing wrong with this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perfect mix of cloves, banana, pepper, and...bubblegum. Very very smooth and delicious.

Drinkability: Pretty thick beer thats easy to drink.

Overall: A good textbook hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 18:48:00 | More by tjsdomer2
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confer

Pennsylvania

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

A-Cloudy pale yellow. Very typical for the style.
S- Clove banana and a hint of lemon.
T- Very typical again. It is very similar to Weihenstephaner, which is a good thing.
MD- This is one of the best American Hefeweizens. The clove is the strongest of the tastes with the banana following close behind. A great summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:17:41 | More by confer
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 13:20:45 | More by metter98
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djhowell

Wisconsin

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:59:01 | More by djhowell
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead -- Scarlet>Fire -- 5/8/77

A: Thin head retention, white nose with a light golden body. Nice haze.

S: Subtle aroma of orange and slight pine. Not a strong aroma, much searching is needed.

T: Spice up front with a nice finish of banana. Good carbonation in this brew.

M: Clean and refreshing. Taste is short lived on the palate. Very nice and lighter ale for the style. Not overpowering.

D: Great drinkablity, not that of sour/bitter Hefes. Can't keep this one on the table, a nice and pleasing taste that can only be a hefeweizen.

Notes: Great brew, another nice one from Two Brothers. Good for a nice summer day, pairs well with yard work and lunch.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:49:09 | More by GDBEERMAN
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Another big thanks to El Jefe (AleWatcher) for more midwestern goodness!

Pours cloudy dark(ish) straw, moving towards a bit of orange up top. Creamy white head up top, thinnish, that settles into a thin white cap.

Nose is packed with crisp wheat, banana, just a bit of clove, light vanilla. Maybe a bit sweet.

Taste falls apart a bit. Sugary graham crackers up front, vanilla. Twangy wheat and a lot of spicy esters follow. Finish is crazy clean and just falls right off, leaving just some tangy wheat behind.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, softly carbonated with a bit of a creamy feel. Spot on really.

Drinkability is pretty good, given how sweet it is initially. It's balanced a bit by the clean finish, and ends a fairly tasty hefe.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 23:41:17 | More by JohnQVegas
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CHickman

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold in color with a small 1/4 inch foamy white head that left great lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of lemon, yeast, spices, light grains and a hint of clove.

Tastes of lemon, yeast, coriander, wheat, grain, light citrus hops, pepper, banana, hay or grass, spices and a little roasted malt, which might be the grains or yeast.

Pretty tasty, light and crisp mouthfeel that was silky smooth with very high carbonation that was almost watery.

This brew goes down easy, and the only knock was the slightly skunky finish which left a little lemon pucker. Pretty good and enjoyable beer overall, which was very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 04:20:13 | More by CHickman
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cnally

Indiana

1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A really dainty looking bottle. Hopefully the beer isn't wimpy like the label...

Spectacular looking beer. Bright orange-yellow color in the body with a creamy white head that does a little lacing. Cascades of carbonation bubbles rise up like a champagne, creating a really wonderful effect.

Aroma is sour. Wheaty. Grainy. Sour. Oh, did I mention that already?

A really pungent sour flavor. Yes, to be expected from this style from time to time, but the flavor actually tastes like I squeezed lemon in there. And by "in there" I mean in the fermented rice milk that I left out for three days.

Astringent and puckering mouthfeel, but the carbonation balance is nice.

Wow. I am not one to waste a beer, and I hate to be negative when a beer maker's craft, art and hard work result in the product...but that level of sour is way too much in a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:00:58 | More by cnally
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Body is golden and almost-clear: there's a touch of haze. A bubbly, 1+ finger, whitish head settles on top.

S: Typical hefe scents: cloves and a slight wheat twang.

T: Sharp wheat twang is there at first. Some cloves and a hint of ripe banana. Finishes dry and lemony.

M: Light in heft. Sharp, active carbonation.

D: Good. A little too sharp in the bite; could be more mellow to get a higher score here, but I almost gave it the 4 anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 17:49:55 | More by Kendo
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Gehrig

Illinois

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

Cloudy amber-yellow with two fingers of white head; good duration and decent lacing on the glass; good start. Better nose than I expected--plenty of banana, vanilla, clove, and ginger--very impressive smell.

More sweet than spice on the taste, banana take charge in Ebel's. Yet the vanilla and ginger are well represented in support; delicious beer. The texture is terrific--light, effervescent, and pillowy, just the way a good Hefe should be. Ebel's is very good Hefe.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I've passed on Ebel's a few times, not because I wasn't interested but, rather, because I had a few other items in hand, and because other heavier styles had grabbed my attention. Ebel's is more than worthy of grabbing a sixer or two. In the warm weather, Ebel's will be an absolute delight.

Excellent Hefeweisen. Two Brothers has done an admirable job on this style, and deserves considerable praise.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:31:27 | More by Gehrig
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a Cloudy Lemonade yellow with huge sticky bone white head that hangs out longer then Oprah at a buffet.

First thing i though of after a good whiff is that it has some of the same aroma qualities as a weaker Saison Dupont but not tart, i think the Hay is giving me this impression. Aroma and Taste has Banana, Hay, yeast, and some clove hiding down there, and ever so slight citrus at the end.

There's alot of very good aromas and flavors, wish they were stronger though.

thin mouthfeel with a clean finish, could drink a 6er easily i bet.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 08:44:05 | More by ChadQuest
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chetripley

Illinois

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

Poured from the tap into a 16oz Ebel's Weiss glass. On special at the local steakhouse.

Appearance was a light orange color and a straw head that remained for the required amount of time for a hefe.
Smells were of the banana-tangerine-yeast aromas.
Tastes were bold and crisp, with a sharp sourness I appreciate and the fruit balances itself out as the yeast takes over. The strong wheat flavor is present too.
Drinkable and smooth, tasty to the end.

I appreciate The Two Brothers for this one because it is compared to the Germans, and it should be, because as an unfiltered Weissbier it is difficult to find a comparable American Made Hefe that matches up.

Good work, Jason.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 13:09:26 | More by chetripley
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:44:22 | More by PerzentRizen
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Citadel82

New Jersey

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

This is a decent American Facsimilie of a HefeWeizen. Not spectacular but not bad either.

Pours a hazy sunset orange/gold with a tightly knit white head. Nice Carbonation evident.

Smells grainy with a fruity yeast overtones.

Tastes like a mild hefe. Some banana and cloves - again quite mild. some tropical fruit also muted. Gently hopped with a clean mild finish.

Mouthfeel is light an fizzy.

Very drinkable. Nothing to make a special trip for but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:09:39 | More by Citadel82
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:17:20 | More by taylorhamrick
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 8/30/09. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for giving me the opportunity to try this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/goldenrod color that produced a minimal white head formation but quickly dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Tons of clayish bananas with a lemon wheat background. Rather bready actually. Light clove nuances.

(T)- Light lemon and biscuits with a rather light and bland middles followed by a subtle yet ample banana and corn husk finish.

(M)- Great carbonation level. Crisp and balanced fruits that refresh. Smooth, not harsh.

(D)- A fine beer that follows the style well. Crisp and refreshing. Straightforward, yet has a bit of interesting things going on. Gets a bit funky in clay tastes as it goes on though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:37:21 | More by sweemzander
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 12:21:51 | More by Kegatron
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BigJim5021

Indiana

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

I've tried six of Two Brother's offerings, and this was the only one that I didn't have to hard-pour to get a head going. It's a hazy golden-orange with a quick disappearing head. Lacing is just about null.

The aroma is more wit than weizen. There's also the slightest hint of smokiness. Not sure what's up with that, but it's there.

The ghost-like smoke is present in the flavor as well. Again -- though -- this tastes more like a wit.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Carbonation needs a bit of a punch, but I find this to be the case with all of the Two Brothers brews.

I've definitely had worse wheat offerings than Ebel's Weiss. Then again, it's nothing I would pick up in a sixer. Especially with Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Schneider readily available. And with it leaning more wit-like, I'd much rather just grab a Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 07:11:30 | More by BigJim5021
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Rayek

Colorado

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy orange peel with active carbonation. A foamy white head has OK retention, but doesn't leave any lace.

S: A healthy dose of lemon, clove and biscuit dominate the nose. Banana is there, but it's subtle.

T: Spicy and biting. The clove flavor takes the forefront of the flavor profile. It's joined by a dry bread flavor at the opening and a slight sourdough flavor in the finish.

M: The body is quite smooth and has the high carbonation I've come to expect from Hefes.

D: This is a nice and light summer beer. Perhaps not the best example of the style I've had, but a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 17:41:57 | More by Rayek
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Two Brothers Tap Room on 7/16/2009.

This weizen poured a cloudy pale gold color with a slight orange tint to it. The snow white head started at 3/4" and settled to a skim. Very little lace to speak of.

S= This was very fruity, very banana-dominant in the nose. Some general malty sweetness and muted clove in there too.

T= I found this ale to have a nice balance of fruity, estery banana, spicy yeast, clove, and tangy wheat malt. Well rounded throughout with just a hint of tartness in the finish.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation feel. Each sip made me want another!

D= This was a tasty and very sessionable beer. I could easily drink a bunch of this in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 06:46:07 | More by spointon
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EcceCapsa

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance, a bit cloudier than most hefes I've seen.

Very pleasant, large aroma of bananas with some faint clove and citrus.

Smooth, prominent banana esters, finishes with the usual clove with a faint hint of some citrus. Very drinkable!

The mouthfeel was this beer's only real flaw. Could use a bit more carbination to give more body.

Overall a very good hefeweizen in the traditional Bavarian style. Good to see a domestic microbrew making this stuff instread of a boring American Wheat Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 01:41:22 | More by EcceCapsa
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a super hazy orange color with tons of tiny bobbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Very little head and almost no lacing.

I can smell bananas from two feet away. Heavy banana and some yeasty notes sweet and fresh smelling. Also some vanilla bean. I don't smell a whole lot else here.

The banana is right up front in the taste, some sweet earthy yeast comes through as well. I also get a very muted vanilla flavor along with subtle hints of clove.

Big downer in the mouthfeel, there is almost no carbonation. The brew tastes great, but where are the bubbles? Feels thin and flat on the tongue. The complete lack of carbonation ruined this one for me.

Once again, drinkability is seriously crippled due to the carbonation issue. More bubbles and this brew would be a summer staple.

I may have had a bad bottle, I will revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 17:29:37 | More by BDLbrewster
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Slightly hazed yellow color with a white head that was reduced to a ring in a hurry.
Good aroma of yeast, wheat, banana & spices.
Taste is pretty much spot on for a hefeweizen with a lighter body than most others.
It's crisp, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:05:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My other brew of choice at a Kane County Cougars minor league baseball game on a hot, humid night. Great family fun, and the Two Brothers tap is right behind my seats.

Pour is remarkably clear for a hefe, appearance is more in line with a Krystal Weiss. No head to speak of, due probably to the plastic cup it was served in.

Aromas of cloves and banana esters, which are also evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thin or heavy. Would make a good session beer on a hot night.

Everything was spot on, except for the absence of yeast haze, making for a classic german weiss beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 12:25:58 | More by JamnesCameron
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.