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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | 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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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12%

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +21%

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.

06-19-2009 12:25:58 | More by JamnesCameron
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a pint glass
Hazy golden color, almost murky; very thin dissapating head
Aroma-Wheat, cloves, and bananas
Taste-More of the same, bananas ans clove, relatively sweet-could use a bit of orange rind or lemon to balance the sweetness but overall very easy to drink, and certainly sessionable at only 4.9ABV

05-21-2009 14:35:21 | More by hosehead83
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Florida9

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Was surprised to see this at a restaurant just down the street, so I decided to support the local brewery.

Color is a bright golden with a noticeable cloudiness. Served with a good two fingers of foamy white head, which stuck around for longer than expected. Aroma is noticeable of tropical fruits and, to a lesser extent, yeast. Flavor was wild: nice maltiness then banana, clove, and coriander. Finished with a slight sweetness.

Overall a very good beer. I am admittedly not a fan of wheats, but this was one hell of a beer with some crazy flavor action going on. Can't say this beer is going to change my opinions of wheat beers, but I certainly am glad to have had the opportunity to try it. Drinkability is good, though I, personally, just couldn't see drinking too many of these in a single sitting.

05-18-2009 20:59:09 | More by Florida9
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A - White head standing about an inch tall and perfectly white. The body is a hazy, dingy orangish-brown.

S - The aroma is inviting. There's a wheat scent accented by orange and oak.

T - The sweet wheat flavor is tasty.

M - The brew has a watery feel to it with little texture otherwise.

~ This is a drinkable brew. The flavor makes this one that might make it a tasty treat on the boat during the summer months.

05-07-2009 01:53:35 | More by cdkrenz
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

05-02-2009 21:29:30 | More by WesWes
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DijonKetchup

California

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

Received on a trade.

Poured into a 12 ounce tumbler. Looks great, perfect golden hue. Good amount of protien to give a nice haze. Very little head build, and almost no aroma. Taste is good with a certain spiciness of banana & clove. But wait - there was no aroma. How do these flavors get into the "hefeweizen" if it's not via yeast which should exude these smells?? I have the feeling that they are using an average American yeast and adding flavor with oils & powders, which turns me off. I may be wrong here, but there is no other reason for this aroma/smell paradox. It was also a bit thin for my palate - sad. I WANTED to like it!

I had high expectations after seeing the Two Brothers high ratings here, but this was somewhat disappointing. I had the feeling it was "their take" on Blue Moon which gives me the heebie-jeebies. I will try other TB offerings, but probably won't return to this one.

04-03-2009 16:24:01 | More by DijonKetchup
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giblet

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

this poured nice and smooth with a one inch head. nice bready aroma. smooth taste that was a little fruit and light. good beer for the summer months as a nice thirst quencher. a pleasant surprise with a nice dry finish. it was good enough to have two in a row.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

03-30-2009 18:04:03 | More by giblet
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

Pour has a nice orange-golden color with a good unfiltered look. There is a nice white head, however it goes away fairly quickly.
Smell has a lot of things going for it for a hefeweizen. There is a the usual nice wheat and barley smells, but there is a nice addition of clove and vanilla to the usual banana smell of this style.
Taste is very good on this selection. Ebel's is a much sweeter taste than the average hefeweizen. The malty sweetness to the beer accentuated by the clove and banana tastes make it a nice drink.
Mouthfeel is very nice. The beer has a nice thickness, but keeps a crisp, refreshing feel at the same time.
Drinkability is always good on hefeweizens. Because of the crisp, refreshing bite to the mouthfeel, this beer would be an awesome session beer on a hot summer day. The sweetness gets to the tongue a little bit, but the taste is worth it. I was surprised by this beer. I hadn't heard much about it, but it was a very nice selection that makes me want to try more styles from the Two Brothers.

03-21-2009 02:44:33 | More by BDIMike
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Light cloudy yellow color with little head retention

Smell: A great orange and banana smell

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell, it has a banana bread taste with a good amount of spice to it. The amount of spice may not be as much as some similar hefes but it is still a good amount

03-15-2009 03:39:27 | More by ruckus232
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a bright yet cloudy golden orange color with a pure white head that settled into a light cap. Nice banana and lemon aromas to go along with the wheat malt. Not as spicy as the true bavarian types but good. The taste is thin on the hefe flavors; light banana which is dominated by the wheat malt and lemon characteristics. The flavor is probably closer to an American wheat than a hefe. The feel definitely has a wheat edge to it but does have semi-soft carbonation; finishes on the tart side. A decent hefe, some traditional bavarian qualties but falls short.

02-08-2009 01:49:09 | More by Gmann
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optiontwo

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

12 oz. poured into weizen glass

Appearance: Cloudy yellow orange with minimal head.

Smell: Orange and banana right away followed by a sweet breadiness. Some spice follows up the fruity, floral initial smell.

Taste: Yep, it's a hefeweizen. I don't know why I keep trying this style, I just don't like it. But I will review objectively...sweet fruits such as orange, banana, and pineapple are followed by biscuit like malts and then sour funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Body on the lighter side, low carbonation, makes my mouth water.

Drinkability: Low ABV, but way too sweet for my liking.

Overall: I love Two Brothers and this is probably a decent take on the style but I can't stomach it. That being said, I'm not a rich man so I will drink it all. Drain pours be damned! If you like hefeweizens I would at least suggest trying this and see what you think.

01-13-2009 21:39:31 | More by optiontwo
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KevinMc79

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

a A dark caramel color. Cloudy but with very little head. The color of the beer far outweighs the lack of head.

s: Coriander and orange peel.

t High orange peel flavor.

m nice bite of carbonation

d I really like this beer.

Poured into a Tulip glass. Very nice to get the aroma out.

12-30-2008 22:31:55 | More by KevinMc79
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Reviewed on 8/7/08. Bottle, best by 9/3/08. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of spices (clove, corriander). Flavor is rather fruity and sweet for a hefe (lots of citrus, also kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit). A slight sourness from the fruit too. I liked the fruitiness of this hefe and it was quite tasty too! Interesting hefe.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

12-23-2008 15:28:48 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

I"m brewing so this review will be short.

This is a nice hefe. Good head and retention. Nice, yet clear color. (Perhaps a kristalweizen might be more appropriate.

Smell is of bananas and wheat

Taste is well balanced and smooth and crips. Banana comes through big time.

Mouthfeel is perfect and the carbonation levels are awesome for this beer.

THis is a very refreshing beer, sorry for the shitty review.

Thanks to David Eddie for the sample.

11-26-2008 05:29:59 | More by jasonjlewis
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with 1 with finger head. The head is fluffy but recedes rather quickly. No lacing is present.

S- A classic weizen nose on this one. Very nice banana-clove spicy aroma.

T- Starts out with a slightly tart-acidic note of banana and clove with a distinct orange note. The finish has some residual sweetness with some of the tart notes. (Tart=think shock tarts but less)

M- The tart notes is a little off-putting but it's very minor.

D- This is a great take on a wheat beer. It really has a lot of the character that I often see missing in American Wheat beers. Given the nice taste and low abv, this is pretty sessionable.

11-06-2008 03:37:24 | More by Greggy
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of foam. The aroma is of bubble gum and banana. The taste is like the aroma; bubble gum and banana, but leaning more toward the bubble gum. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a hefe, with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe, but there are better examples out there. I could drink this again, but I'm not in any rush to.

10-26-2008 23:48:50 | More by KarlHungus
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -3%

Into a pint glass, pours a mostly clear amber color with a nice starter head, nothing later. Nose is a bit estery, some wheat malt evident, some spice, decent. The taste follows suit, hitting all that would be expected, but really nothing fancy. The mouth could've been a bit more full, but otherwise, this is a perfectly sessionable beer.

10-16-2008 23:01:11 | More by objectivemonkey
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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
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semihobo

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -42.6%

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.

09-07-2008 01:36:42 | More by semihobo
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KBomb

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

Pours a hazy rust orange with two fingers of thick snow-white head. Even over a foot away from my face I instantly smell banana, bubblegum, vanilla, and pepper. I'm surprised at first taste that for all the aroma there is very little flavor. The only thing really notable is a bit of vanilla and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It actually tastes pretty watery and perhaps a little sugary for my taste. Easy enough to drink, but not very compelling.

The incredible aromas teased me but the blandness of it all ends up being a disappointment.

08-25-2008 16:50:44 | More by KBomb
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big, bubbly head on a cloudy light orange body. Looked like an orange cream soda. Smells were fairly faint...clove, fruit, touch of vanilla, and a hint of "wheatiness". Taste was interesting. Initial hop, then a quick spike of vanilla, then orange, a twang, and then a vanilla aftertaste. Did that same pattern all the way through. Not nearly as thick as other hefe's, but it had a decent coat, and was fairly smooth. Its a pretty good beer. I'm not sure if I'd like it the same again, as that vanilla touch is something I may or may not like depending on the day. It just so happened that on the day I tried it, I liked it.

08-23-2008 17:12:13 | More by ibashmuck
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.