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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 marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer does indeed glow orange as described on the label, with a delicate, loose head of white foam on top that falls fairly quickly. This wheat is definitely "with yeast" as the beer appears quite hazy. The aroma is wheaty and banana-like, but I'm missing the vanilla and clove mentioned on the label. There's a pleasant juicy fruit gum sweetness at first and a surprisingly tart finish with not much too memorable in between. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied, but about right for the style. Overall, the drinkability is enhanced by the tart finish. This is a beer I should probably have more often when I craving something wheaty.

marcobrau, May 19, 2007
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.

ppoitras, May 12, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. I tried this while home in Indiana to visit my parents. After I bought it, I noticed the best by date is almost 2 months past so I'll retry another time but tasted good enough to write the review. Had a nice cloudly golden color. Good size initial head that ebbed down a thin constant film. Had a bunch of carbonation throughout. The smell was not exactly what I was expecting. It had the usual hefe smells but those were overpowered by what to me it more typical of a witbier. Very peppery and dry. The taste followed the smell again with the wit-ness coming through. Since my sample was past date maybe this is due to that. Overall, a rather tasty brew that would be perfect on a hot day. Look forward to trying others from Two Brothers on my next trip. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold and hazy with a nice one finger head. Not as much rolling foam as I would expect from a hefe.

A big wallop of green banana and cloves are right up front. Dry grassy smell like a field of dry dead grass. A slightly vegetal smell is present...and unwelcome.

Tastes very much like it smells. Clove and green banana predominate, with hints of bubblegum and nice dry finish.

This is a weird hefe for sure. It has the pre-requisite flavors all right, but they just don't seem to be balanced. This is very acidic and not as sweet as most hefes. It's not all bad, but it doens't appeal to my tastes and it seems a bit off for the style.

pmcadamis, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A - Pours a bright yet cloudy orangish color with a snow white one finger head that last for a bit before settling into a nice ring around the glass.

S - Ah, a hefe. It's been awhile, old friend. Clove and bananas. Lots of that good yeasty spice. Not overbearing.

T - Much like the smell. Yeasty spices with emphasis on the cinimon, with the orange peel and banana taking it down. Not strong in flavor at all. If I could improve it, I would kick everything up a notch. Other than that, it's very good.

M - Nothing to write home about, but decent. It's a tad thin and could use a few more bubbles.

D - The best part of this beer. It doesn't have the "wow" factor of a lot of beers, but it is certainly good and doesn't offend. Would be easy to drink a dozen of these things.

Thanks to nucular george for the chance to try this beer.

SethB2, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with a huge swirl of yeast and a generous number of uprushing bubbles. In spite of a vigorous pour and a great deal of carbonation, the putty colored head has maxed out at two fingers. Thick ribbons of lace are beginning to decorate the glass and don't look as if they'll melt any time soon. A good look.

Classic nose with every one of the usual style attributes. Clove spice is probably the most prominent, but doesn't dominate. Banana is easy to pick out, although vanilla, which the label claims is a part of the aroma, isn't. While it doesn't put a scare into the best German hefes, the nose is commendable.

Ebel's Weisse is a wonderful domestic hefe weizen. There's plenty of malted wheat that provides a great deal of tanginess... that some would call sourness. Yet there's enough sweetness and bitterness onboard, especially the latter, to keep things under control. Plenty of flavors keeps things interesting.

As in the nose, there's quite a bit of clove. That spiciness manages to overshadow sweet banana to some extent, although the banan-o-meter score is still an acceptable 2.5/5.0. After much reflection, I think I'd like fewer hops. I much prefer beer of this style to favor sweet over bitter.

The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium. It's a little slick and microcoating on the finish, which causes it to feel a tad more full... and it's as spunkily carbonated as it looks, which causes it to feel a tad more light. Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel is a study in contrasts and is more interesting for it.

I've enjoyed most of the Two Brothers beers that I've had, but very few have been memorable. Ebel's Weisse is one of the stronger members of their lineup and is an easy recommendation if one is feeling especially patriotic. Germany still rules this style though.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy apricot colored hodgepodge with gentle streams of bubbles. Head fizzed out very quickly leaving a faint off white ring around the glass and some sputtering foam up top.

S: Yeasty cloves, lemon, banana esters and a lick of butterscotch.

T: Tart sour sensation...somewhere between a granny smith and yellow apple. Floral with hints of clover honey, semi bitter lemon rind and minor vanilla. Finishes with lingering tingling cloves and slightly cloying.

M: Medium body and a bit prickly.

D: Good and flavorful, lots of personality. Definite summer brew.

Westsidethreat, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: yeast-hazed golden yellow, nearly opaque, under a finger of snow white foam.

Nose: banana nut bread, sour wheat, clove yeast, vanilla malt and a hint of dirty diaper funk in the finish.

Taste: on the sweet side for the style, with citrus, banana bread, spicy yeast and a long sour wheat and lemon finish. Not exactly balanced, but there's plenty going on.

Feel: creamy, smooth, velvety carb, little sour in the finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Gets a little sour for my liking as it warms and kind of falls apart. Fairly pleasant when it was still cold, however. Probably not something I'll seek out again.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a big, classic hefe-weizen head that eventually receded to long lasting surface skim, left some lacing. Body was a cloudy yellow gold. Looks very good.

Smell - some bananas, faint cloves, and hint of creamy wheat. Aroma is of a classic hefe, just rather muted, but still good.

Taste - creamy wheat, some subdued spices, mainly clove. Again rather subdued, and not quite a classic hefe, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - moderately full, creamy slickness, and oddly, semi-dry.

Drinkability - the muted, subdued quality of this doesn't exactly make my mouth water. Still, it's decent, not bad, just not great either.

ultralarry2006, Aug 10, 2006
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.

scruffwhor, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of rrwiltse
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty! Poured with very little/no head; very nice golden color, I swear it nearly glows! Gorgeous aroma--citrus, a bit of spice, and I can definetly make out the banana the bottle claims. Very smooth, a carbonation tingle on the tongue, and a bit tart with the citrus. I like it! Easy drinking yet quite flavorful. This would be a perfect summer beer.

rrwiltse, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Severum27
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is definately a Hefeweizen, although not as flavorful as it's german brothers. The drinkability is definately better than your typical Hefe as it is much more smooth. I would call it a light Hefeweizen if there was such a thing.

The pour came with a nice golden color. It is citrus like with a hint of clove. The spicy finish is pleasant. The head was minimal with hardly any lacing.

Severum27, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden, like molsen claims to be. smells kind of wheaty and citrusy. taste is sweet and citrus tinged. lots of sour wheatiness too. like a european hefe, but tangier. tang is actually slightly off-putting. probably a refreshing beer in the summer, but i can't see buting it again to find out. one bottle in our sixer was very vinegary and terrible, but i won't hold that against the beer overall.

aforbes10, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Paulaner stemmed glass from a 12oz'er bottle. Pours a medium yellow with a slight haze. Very thin, white head and no discernable lacing. Nose is very spicy, with ripe banana and pear notes. Mellowed with a little bit of vanilla, perhaps? Smells great. Palate is dead on with good clove spiciness and fruitiness asserting itself ... bananas, pears and pineapple. Interesting characteristic - this one almost has a little bit of over-ripe, slightly fermented pineapple flavor going on. Not at all unpleasant, just unexpected. Adds some character to this otherwise typical hefe. Finishes clean and slightly tart. Thin mothfeel and pretty heavily carbonated. I like this one - again, it has a very unusual tart flavor I didn't anticipate. Maybe I need to check the age of this bottle, but it's not a bad thing. Good one from Two Brothers ... try it, I say.

beerphilosopher, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured from a 12oz bottle pours a hazy golden color that leaves a thin off-white head that stays with the beer. The aroma is sweet. Wheat, lemon, pepper, yeast, grass, are all present in the nose of this brew. The taste is sublime, cloves, bananas, orange peel are all dancing on your tongue. This hefe has a syrup consistancy wheaty, bready, and has a distinct lemon flavor...finally the brew finishes on a citrus hop profile with a banana bread spice finish.

Franchise, Mar 15, 2006
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 27, 2006
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.

jdhilt, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/yellow color with a 1 finger head. Has a tart citrusy wheat malt smell. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Has a tart, citrusy taste with a fresh cooked grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean. A pretty good weiss here.

beerceller99, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with Two Brothers' usual great label: a quick description, and their trademark tale of the tape: 12.4 plato, 12 fl oz 15 ibu, 4.9% abv. Cloudy straw gold with fizzy carbonation. Disappointing head for a hefeweizen. Extra sweet aroma of banana, pear, and wheat. Flavor is similar - sweet banana and wheat, with a good sized spicy clove kick. A little sweeter than an average hefe, with a thicker mouthfeel... Nonetheless, a very drinkable and refreshing summer brew, and one of the best American takes on the style. I'm very pleased to have such a dedicated brewery in the Miller Lite-soaked Chicago suburbs.

thechaacster, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow color with slight haze and a bit of active carbonation. Head is decidedly slight and disappears quickly into nothingness. Nose characterized by banana, clove, and other vague spiciness laid over top a smooth grain base. Though the expected banana and bread flavors are present, the taste is surprisingly sweet. Sweetness lingers well into the afternotes. Mouthfeel lacks crispness but isn't particularly creamy either. This one is quite drinkable but falls short of my expectations for a hefeweizen.

BitteBier, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that falls away fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is low on the esters that I like - no banana, clove. Just hints of wheat malt. The flavor has a nice, clean wheat beer character, but it doesn't have any of the banana or clove, just like the aroma. It's an easy drinking beer and it's nice and clean, but it's lacking some of the greater qualities of a good hefeweisen. Drinkability is good and the body is moderate.

clvand0, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ebel brothers' easy-drinking, light-styled weiss makes a perfect summer beer. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold body with an orangeish cast beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds fairly well, but leaves little, if any, lace about the glass. Clove greets you in the nose, followed by some lemon, flowers, vanilla, some plastic-like phenols, and just a hint of banana; although the aroma is really not that strong (except for the clove). In the mouth it's delicately zesty and smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation. The flavor is much as the nose indicates, with all of the appropriate flavors, but not that much of them. It's a little light in it's maltiness, but at the same time that lends it a bit of drinkability; and I've had German weissbiers that were even more subtle on the palate.

NeroFiddled, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy golden, with lace. Yeast and bannana nose. Light, easy drink. Suitably carbonated with lemony finish. Where was the wheat? Banana and cloves, sour and lots of sweetness, lemons and cloves too herbally for me. all-in-all average beer. Thanks Viggo.

Sammy, May 26, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a hazy golden color. The head is not as large as in most hefeweizens. The aroma has a lot of lemon and a little vanilla. Crisp and refreshing, but still has a full malt flavor, which many hefes are lacking. Has that banana clove flavor. Spicy flavor in the finish. Good drinkability. There's nothing really bad about this beer, but nothing to really get excited about either.

beveragecaptain, May 01, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes…

Best By 3/14/05

Hazy because I agitated the yeast before pouring, pale gold in hue with warm tawny highlights. The head, on a hard pour, was only a finger in height. The white bubbles then quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The liquid plays the part but the head size and retention are disappointing. There was no subsequent lacing. I’m picky with my Hefeweizens; so far this beer doesn’t live up to expectations. The nose clears up any worries that this beer is really an American Wheat in disguise. I can clearly smell bubblegum, raw (wet) wheat, hints of banana, clove, and some spicy residue. The bouquet said everything I wanted it too. I didn’t have to hunt any of the smells down either, the potency is moderate and this beer is plenty articulate. Needless to say it is inviting. The palate is flawed. It is too tart for a Bavarian Wheat. The acidic is too vocal and the clove and banana qualities are very quite. The true wheat flavors are at the back and they don’t shine until the shallow. Empty. Bad bottle? Bad beer? I haven’t been impressed with anything I’ve had from Two Brothers so I’m one to think this just isn’t a good beer. This beer has everything the style should, just in wrong amounts. The acidity should be softer and at the back, the wheat should be louder and more forward in the taste and the bubblegum, cloves, and banana should be rich and found throughout. I can’t say I’m disappointed in this beer because I didn’t have any expectations. Really though, this beer is lousy. Medium in body, the carbonation is way to low for the style. The mouthfeel is really lacking. It needs more bite. I didn’t find this beer to be drinkable. I love Hefeweizens; this one only pretends to be one. The nose was nice but it fell apart from there. Lousy. It will take some serious convincing to get me to try this beer again. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Not good.

bditty187, Apr 01, 2005
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.