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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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524 Ratings
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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head and a bit of lacing down the glass. The nose brings some banana and bubblegum along with a bit of clove. The taste is more of the common German weizen yeast characteristics as well as some light grain and bread. Light body with good carbonation and somewhat creamy. This is a pretty good American take on the style.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust Hefeweizen who's yeast pushes the phenolic character from spice into something much more.

A deep and rusty copper color carries a glowing haze with firm and froathy head formation, great retention, and equal lacing. The beer has a quentessential Hefeweizen appearance... maybe a bit dark.

Spicy, malty, and lightly smoky, the yeast contribute much more of a phenolic character than does its estery counterparts. Fruity, yes but with a backup note of apples, appricots and banana and with lagging support of lemons or citrus fruits.

The savory malt components come to life in flavor with a bread crust, doughy, caramelly taste that is testament to both barley and wheat. The tricky Hefe yeast offset the balance with a heavy emphasis on the meaty, smokey flavors far above the banana, clove, lemon character that is signature for the style. Though all of these flavors are fare game, the balance is off. Low on hops, the beer allows sweetness of the malt to dominate. Otherwise, the beer is sound.

Bready, moderate, and creamy throughout, this Hefe continues these textures from initial sips to an extended finish. Though consistent, it doesn't allow for much of a transition to crispness, drying, or any other finess parting characteristics.

I feel like I nit-picked this beer a bit too much in description. The beer likely fares better than my critiques. It's a solid beer and a pleasure to drink but it is no Sneider Weisse.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

NeutroMan, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

ZeroSignal, Aug 12, 2010
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.

jrallen34, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
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.

bristol2120, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

tjsdomer2, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of confer
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.

confer, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of djhowell
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.

djhowell, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
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.

GDBEERMAN, May 30, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of cnally
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.

cnally, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Kendo
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.

Kendo, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
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.

Gehrig, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
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.

ChadQuest, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of chetripley
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.

chetripley, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
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.

PerzentRizen, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Citadel82
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.

Citadel82, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
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.

taylorhamrick, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of BigJim5021
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.

BigJim5021, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Rayek
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.

Rayek, Aug 07, 2009
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.